Meet our Executive Team

 

Vikki Smith, Director

Director Vikki Smith heads up the Washington State Department of Revenue. During her nearly 50-year career at Revenue, Vikki has worked her way through the ranks in positions of increasing responsibility and authority, headed up several divisions, and led improvements that have helped Revenue develop into a pioneer of technology, innovation and efficiency. As the director, Vikki oversees a staff of 1,380 employees and a biennial budget of $624 million.

 

 

John Ryser

John Ryser, Deputy Director

John Ryser is Revenue’s Deputy Director, overseeing the Property Tax, 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 the Assistant Director of the Audit division and as the agency’s Senior Assistant Director of Operations.

 

 

Gil Brewer

Gil Brewer, Senior Assistant Director of Tax Policy

Gil Brewer currently serves as Senior Assistant Director of Tax Policy for the Washington State Department of Revenue. He oversees the Department’s Research and Fiscal Analysis, Interpretations and Technical Advice (ITA), Legislation & Policy and Administrative Review and Hearings divisions and has overall responsibility for the development of agency tax policy.

Gil has worked at Revenue for over 18 years and has held various positions, including Tax Policy Specialist, Legislative Liaison, and Assistant Director of the ITA Division. He also previously served as the Senior Assistant Director of Tax Policy until 2015, when he left to become Deputy Tax Commissioner for the West Virginia Tax Department. He eventually returned to Washington and to the Senior AD position. Gil also has more than 15 years of prior policy-related work with governments in Maine, Hawaii and Micronesia.

Gil earned a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

 

 

Alyson Fouts, Senior Assistant Director of Operations

Alyson is the agency’s Senior Assistant Director of Operations and oversees the Audit, Compliance, 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 Assistant Director of Taxpayer Services.

 

 

Heidi Geathers, Senior Assistant Director of Administrative Services

As the Senior Assistant Director of Administrative Services at Revenue, Heidi oversees the Information Services, Business and Financial Services, Human Resources divisions, and the Information Governance program. 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 which drove technology strategies that were implemented.