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Staff Bios

Chris McCabe

Executive Director


Chris McCabe has served as Executive Director of NWPPA since October of 2011.

Chris previously served as Government Affairs Director for the Association of Washington Business (AWB) focusing on environmental and energy issues. Prior to his work with AWB, Chris practiced law in Olympia representing individuals and small businesses on a variety of environmental and other legal issues. Between 1991 and 1996, he served as legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski of Alaska and later as an aide to Washington State Representative Tim Hickel of Federal Way. Chris holds a B.A. degree in political science from Washington State University and a law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University.

A Washington native, Chris lives in Olympia with his wife and son, where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Olympia Lacrosse Club. Chris and his wife, Jocelyn, are active supporters of the Hands On Children's Museum and the Olympia School District Education Foundation. Chris enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, cycling, camping, hiking and golf.

Mary Rants 

Director of Finance and Operations

A Washington native, Mary was born in White Salmon on the Columbia River. She was raised in Olympia where she currently lives with her children. Mary has over two decades of experience working in administration for small businesses. Mary also devoted several years to being a stay-at-home mom. During that time, she volunteered for her church high school youth group and served as the junior high youth minister.

Mary enjoys the great outdoors, kayaking, and spending time with her family.



Jackie White

Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs

Jackie is a Washington native with strong ties to the pulp and paper industry. She began her career as a third-generation employee with Simpson Tacoma Kraft in 2010 after graduating from the University of Washington. She also holds an MBA from Liberty University. Jackie lives in Tacoma with her husband and cattle dog. She enjoys cooking, travel, outdoor recreation, and on a gloomy day you’ll find her cozied up with a good book.

Government Affairs

Bill Stauffacher, Stauffacher Communications

Washington Government and Public Affairs

Rocky Dallum, Tonkon Torp LLP

Oregon Government and Public Affairs

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