Bob Williams has been President and Senior Research Fellow of the
Evergreen Freedom Foundation, a non-profit, public policy research and
education institute headquartered in Olympia, Washington, since its
founding in 1991.
Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from
Penn State and was a Certified Public Accountant. In that capacity, he
served as an auditor at the Pentagon and Post Office for the GAO. He
served five terms in the Washington State Legislature and was the 1988
Republican nominee for governor.
During his legislative tenure, Williams was heavily involved in public
education issues and has since written extensively on alternative school
funding models.
Known as one of the leading budget and tax experts in the state, Williams is frequently consulted by
lawmakers for advice on fiscal and tax policies. He is a frequent speaker at national meetings of state
legislators on budget and taxes, education reform and election reform issues.
Williams is the author or co-author of more than 100 major monographs and studies, and hundreds of
policy briefs related to various public policy issues. His editorials have appeared in newspapers and
magazines including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Policy Review, Forbes, and
dozens of other publications. Imprimis, a Hillsdale College publication that goes to an audience of over
1.2 million households featured Williams’ speech on election reform.
Williams is a regular guest on talk radio and has appeared on numerous television investigative reports
including The O’Reilly Factor (FOX), Lou Dobbs Tonight (CNN), Ron Reagan, Jr. (MSNBC), and
ABC World News Tonight. In addition, he has testified before both houses of Congress on several
occasions, and worked with White House staff on implementing Presidential directives at the state level.
Williams is a member of the Board of Advisors and a past Board member of the State Policy Network.
He is an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) scholar and has served on the several ALEC
Task Forces, helping to formulate model legislation.
 Certified Public Accountant - 20 years
 Washington State Legislature - 10 years
 Financial Analyst for Weyerhaeuser Corporation - 19 years (concurrent with his legislative term)
 U.S. General Accounting Office (Auditor at the Pentagon and the U.S. Post Office)
 Former Regular Army Captain, Airborne qualified
 B.S., Pennsylvania State University
 Co-founder - Committee for Cowlitz County Food Banks
 Former member - Cowlitz County Economic Development Council, Longview Chamber of
Commerce, Rotary, and Toastmasters
 Member - Olympia Chamber of Commerce
 Bob and his wife Jane have been married for 41 years and have three sons, three granddaughters and one