INTRODUCING THE SEATTLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

In 2013, the City of Seattle brought together leaders from a variety of sectors to shape the Seattle’s Economic Development Commission (EDC). The Commission’s primary purpose is to provide expertise outside government from industry, labor, civic, and education leaders to inform the City’s economic decision-making and help in the execution of major initiatives essential to the achievement of a long-term economic development agenda. The work of the EDC serves to advise the Mayor, the City Council, and the community on the development of plans, policies, regulations, and strategies that have substantial impact on creating and maintaining an economy in Seattle that is resilient, sustainable, and equitable. This new Commission was established in December 2011 and officially empaneled in March 2013.

The initial charge of the Commission was to establish a strong vision that advances the economic vitality in Seattle, encouraging innovation and supporting business formation, retention, and expansion. Of particular concern was attention to the role of the City of Seattle and outcomes of shared prosperity, economic diversity, and next generation infrastructure. The EDC is intended to bridge the work of the City of Seattle with the efforts and commitment of the private and larger civic sector.

SEATTLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION ROSTER

Chris DeVore

Partner, Founders’ Co-op and TechStars, Seattle (Commission Chair)
Chris DeVore is a founder and General Partner at Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific ...

Dr. Jill Wakefield

Chancellor, Seattle Colleges (Commission Vice-Chair)
Since becoming Chancellor in 2009, Wakefield has been responsible for leading ...

Shaiza Damji

Managing Director, 360° Hotel Group
Shaiza Damji serves as the Managing Director for the 360° Hotel Group, and has ...

Maud Daudon

President and CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Daudon was appointed Chamber president & CEO in June 2012. Daudon is a former ...

David Freiboth

Executive Secretary Treasurer, King County Central Labor Council in Seattle; Vice President, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
David Freiboth currently serves on the governing boards of United Way of King ...

Christine Hanna

Co-Founder, Co-Director, Seattle Good Business Network
Hanna founded the non-profit Seattle Good Business Network in 2010, a growing ...

Tanya Jimale

President and CEO, JTS
Tanya Jimale has owned and operated Jimale Technical Services, a construction ...

Rob Mohn

President, RAM Columbia, LLC
Mohn is the owner and operator of a Columbia City lodging business and presid...

Alan Nay

Founder, World Famous
World Famous Co-Founder Alan Nay is a modern day renaissance man. As a father, ...

Julie Pham

Co-Owner, Nguoi Viet Tay Bac-Northwest Vietnamese News
Julie Pham is co-owner of Nguoi Viet Tay Bac-Northwest Vietnamese News and the ...

Charissa Raynor

Executive Director, SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust
Charissa Raynor is Executive Director of the SEIU Healthcare NW Training ...

Chris Rivera

President & CEO, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA)
WBBA President since January, 2009, Chris Rivera has developed the organizati...

John Schoettler

Director of Global Real Estate, Amazon
Since joining Amazon in January 2001, John has led the team responsible for ...

Michael Young

President, University of Washington
Young is President of the University of Washington, the nation’s top public ...

Tay Yoshitani

CEO, Port of Seattle
Tay Yoshitani joined the Port of Seattle as its CEO in March 2007. He carries ...