Washington ABC, Seattle WA November, 2011 – present
Responsible for the management of a statewide non-profit association which promotes policies and programs to help low- and moderate-income families build financial assets through investments in homeownership, education, savings and entrepreneurship. Responsibilities include management and coordination of 19 chapters statewide on public policy development and advocacy; fiscal management of the association; fund and membership development; coordination and development of asset-building initiatives with state agencies including the Department of Commerce; DSHS and Department of Financial Institutions.
Manager of Federal Governmental Affairs
Port of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA April, 2006 – April 2011
Responsible for the development, advocacy and implementation of federal government-level public policies, including but not limited to national transportation policy, environmental regulation, international trade and supply chain competitiveness. Externally, manage the Port’s federal lobbying team and agenda with Members of Congress and professional staff, federal agencies, and national coalitions and trade organizations. Internally, proactively identify and prioritize issues of strategic significance; develop communication materials (including but not limited to policy analysis, testimony, and opinion editorials); manage the federal government affairs budget; provide counsel and support to the Port’s executive team and various departments regarding the organization’s positions on federal / national issues.
Director of Marketing
Fonté Coffee Roaster Inc., Seattle, WA 2004
Responsible for the creation and execution of a marketing and public relations program to promote Fonté’s products on local and national levels. Elements include development of marketing materials and advertising; coordination and organization of media events; development and nurturing of relationships with influential industry leaders; representation of Fonté on the Boards of various state and national industry associations.Director of Public Affairs
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle, WA 1999 - 2004
Responsible for promoting the interests of Washington’s second-largest business organization to the Washington State Legislature and Executive Branch. Additional responsibilities include annual development of the Chamber’s legislative and public affairs agendas, with emphasis on communicating with the public the Chamber’s on-going public affairs positions to generate support for specific strategic legislative objectives; management of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Department; in-depth policy and fiscal analysis of state and local ballot measures, and provide strategic advice to the Board of Trustees on various initiatives.
Director of Government and Community Relations
The Cascadia Project, Seattle, WA 1994 - 1999
Responsible for implementing a legislative and community relations strategy for the policy initiatives of Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Project, focusing on economic development and community planning. Responsible for project advocacy with state and local elected officials and community leaders throughout Washington and Oregon. Managed Discovery Institute’s contract with the Seattle Bid Committee for the Summer Olympics, which included securing project funding ($250k), generating support from community organizations and overall project management.
Washington State Legislature, Olympia, WA 1993
Provided general support for the House of Representatives Corrections Committee during the 1993 legislative session. Responsibilities included research of corrections/penal issues as well as preparation and staffing of committee hearings.
Hawaii State Legislature, Honolulu, HI 1989
Primary liaison for Representative Michael O’Kieffe between constituents and caucus staff. Responsible for issue analysis, writing of daily briefing papers, press releases and monthly newsletters; researched and resolved constituent inquiries and concerns.
Education & Awards
Master of Business Administration, Executive Leadership, Seattle University, 2009
Bachelor of Science, Political Science, University of Idaho
Recipient of the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, 2007
Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as an emerging business and community leader through the “40 Under 40” award program
Professional & Community Involvement (present & past)
American Association of Port Authorities: Legislative Policy Council; selected member, National Freight Policy Advisory Council
Pacific Northwest Waterways Association: Executive Board member
Coalition for American’s Gateways & Trade Corridors, West Coast advisory member
Plymouth Housing Group (Seattle), former Board & Executive Board member
P-Patch Trust, former Executive Board member
Northwest Harvest Capital Campaign Committee
Beacon Hill Community Council, member & former Executive Committee member
Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association