Devin Bales is the Director of Research at DHM Research. In his role here, Devin oversees research product quality, leads DHM's research and business development across Washington State, and presents research findings to clients, community groups, and media. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Portland State University and a bachelor's degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
He has dedicated his professional life to exploring policy issues central to the region's future; trying to figure out which policies work, which do not, and what communities are most impacted by policy choices. Prior to joining DHM, Devin managed legislatively mandated research projects at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy in Olympia, taught econometrics and forecasting at Willamette University, organized surveys and data for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and built housing and job forecast models at the Northwest Economic Research Center.
Devin has spent the last five years conducting non-partisan public policy research to help inform decision makers in the Pacific Northwest. While he has worked for and with organizations across the region, his focus is on his home state of Washington. Devin combines broad regional policy knowledge with research design and data analysis experience to lead rigorous research projects that provide unique insights and value for clients. His areas of interest include: the economy, regional public policy and politics, housing, child welfare, healthcare, education, taxation, transportation, the environment, and energy.
Outside of work, Devin enjoys hiking, hanging out with his dog Oscar, and hoping the Mariners make the playoffs.