Justin Marlowe |  Editor-in-Cheif, Public Budgeting & Finance 


Justin Marlowe is the Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. His research on public budgeting and finance has appeared in the leading scholarly journals of several fields, including public policy, governmental accounting, public health, health care administration, public finance, and transportation finance. He is also an award-winning teacher of graduate-level courses on public budgeting, public financial management, and public-private partnerships.

Professor Marlowe has written four books and more than 100 articles on a wide range of topics including: the structure of the municipal bond market, the cost of basic local public health services, the optimal size of local government “rainy day” funds, and “socially responsible” investing by public pension funds, among many others. His research has won several best article awards and has been supported by foundations and professional associations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the International City/County Management Association.

Marlowe is also deeply involved in professional activities outside the university. He routinely works as an expert witness and consultant for clients across the public and private sectors. He has also served on expert advisory boards for a wide range of governments and professional associations, including the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the National Academies of Science, and King County, WA. on the He also contributes a regular column to Governing magazine (circulation 50,000 print; 500,000 online) and is lead author of Governing‘s popular Guide to Financial Literacy series for state and local government officials.

Prior to academia Professor Marlowe worked in local government in Michigan. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, and he holds a Ph.D. in political science and government from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mike Bailey |  Industry Expert, Public Budgeting & Debt Finance 

Mike Bailey joined MRSC in September 2018 as a Finance Expert. He has worked in local government finance since 1980 and was the City of Redmond Finance & Technology Director for the past 10 years.

He is a former president of the Washington Government Finance Officers Association (WFOA) and served on their Executive Board. He was chair of the GFOA Budget and Management Committee and is the local government representative to the Streamlined Sales Tax Project.

Mike is a CPA and MBA. Mike conducts workshops on local government financial management, budget, and financial leadership and leads council retreats and strategic planning through GFOA and MRSC.