Drew Shirk, Director
Drew was appointed as the Director of the Department of Revenue in 2023. Prior to his appointment he served as the Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor Jay Inslee, helping guide the Governor’s legislative agenda and managing relations with House and Senate members and leadership. Drew possesses a comprehensive understanding of policy making and strategy as well as strong and extensive stakeholder relationships.
Drew’s tenure with the Governor’s Office included numerous legislative victories on a wide range of policy issues. Most notably, the enactment of significant and historic climate legislation: The Climate Commitment Act, Clean Fuel Standard and the 100% Clean Energy Standard. The Working Families Tax Credit, Capital Gains and The Washington College Grant program - also hard fought and won pieces of legislation enacted during his tenure. Moreover, Drew helped shepherd through critical legislation transforming the state’s behavioral health system, bills reducing gun violence and improving safety, and crucial legislation promoting justice and civil rights by creating the Office of Equity, the Office of Independent Investigations, police accountability, Juneteenth Holiday, and environmental justice.
Preceding his time with the Governor’s Office, Drew served nearly 30 years at the Department of Revenue (DOR). He started with the Compliance division in 1989 and was promoted to various policy positions within the agency. Most recent as the Senior Assistant Director for Tax Policy where he oversaw the Research and Fiscal Analysis, Interpretations and Technical Advice, Legislation and Policy, Property Tax, Administrative Review and Hearings divisions and had overall responsibility for agency tax policy development. Prior to this role, Drew represented DOR with policymakers as the Assistant Director of the Legislation and Policy Division.
The Wenatchee native earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and attended the Master of Public Administration Program at Eastern Washington University. Also notable in Drew’s career, was being selected for the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award in July 2013.
John Ryser, Deputy Director
John directs the Customer Experience and Communications, and Working Families Tax Credit divisions, as well as Revenue’s Lean, Enterprise Risk, and Internal Audit programs. John has a long history with Revenue, starting his career in the Taxpayer Account Administration division and moving on to the Audit division. He has served as Audit's Assistant Director and as the agency’s Acting Senior Assistant Director of Tax Policy.
Gil Brewer, Senior Assistant Director of Tax Policy
Gil oversees the Department’s Research and Fiscal Analysis, Interpretations and Technical Advice (ITA), Legislation & Policy and Administrative Review & Hearings divisions, as well as the department's Tribal Partnerships Program, Legislative and External Affairs programs and is responsible for the overall development of agency tax policy.
Gil has worked at Revenue for over 20 years and has held various positions, including Tax Policy Specialist, Legislative Liaison, and Assistant Director of the ITA Division. He also has more than 15 years of prior policy-related work with governments in Maine, Hawaii, and Micronesia.
Alyson Fouts, Senior Assistant Director of Operations
Alyson manages the Audit, Compliance, Property Tax, Taxpayer Services, and Taxpayer Account Administration divisions. Alyson started her career with Revenue in 1990 in the Taxpayer Account Administration division and worked in several policy and operation roles including Program Manager for Interpretations and Technical Advice and Assistant Director of Taxpayer Services.
Heidi Geathers, Senior Assistant Director of Administrative Services
Heidi oversees the Information Services, Business and Financial Services, Human Resources divisions, and the Information Governance and ATLAS Management programs. Heidi has worked both in the private and public sectors. Before coming to state government, Heidi spent 20 years in the banking industry gaining a keen understanding of customer-centric ideals and practices.