Policy Council Members

Genesee AdkinsHDR
Jared AxelrodAmazon
Kate BerensCity of Bellevue
Jessica ClawsonMcCullough Hill
Sonja ForsterAssociation of General Contractors
Government Affairs Manager
David HamiltonDelivery Express, Inc.
Jim HillThe Bellevue Collection
David HoffmanPuget Sound Energy
Russell HokansonSeattle King County Realtors
Scott KennedyAlaska Air
Sarah LangtonLangton Spieth, LLC
Josh MartiPoint Inside
Michael MattmillerMicrosoft
Joyce NicholsCity of Bellevue
Beth OsborneSymetra
Craig PankowThe Partners Group
Heather PierceRental Housing Association
Megara PottsWashington Federal
Keri PravitzPort of Seattle
Natalie QuickNatalie Quick Consulting
Leslie SmithVulcan
Kristi TrippleRowley Properties
Kevin WallaceWallace Properties
Leshya WigWig Properties
Joe WoodsPacific Public Affairs
HDR
Genesee Adkins

Genesee Adkins has joined HDR, bringing 20 years of experience in key public policy roles—most recently as chief of staff at SDOT. Adkins will focus on business development and external community relations at all levels of government. She has also served in strategic policy roles with the University of Washington, King County Executive Dow Constantine, the City of Seattle, Transportation Choices Coalition, and Futurewise.

Amazon
Jared Axelrod

Jared Axelrod is the Manager of Public Policy for Amazon. He works with policymakers at the local, regional and state levels in Washington state. He also works with trade associations and policymaker organizations throughout the United States to better serve Amazon’s customers and advance Amazon’s public policy priorities and worldwide operations.

Prior to joining Amazon, Jared was the Government Affairs Manager for philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. There, he was responsible for day-to-day government relations activities at the state and federal levels on a wide variety of projects, worked to implement legislative and public affairs initiatives for Vulcan and Vulcan-affiliated organizations, and represented Mr. Allen in various legislative, political, and business settings.

Prior to that, Jared worked at Ceis Bayne East Strategic, a local government relations and public affairs firm in Seattle, where he supported various public, private, and non-profit clients. He also previously served as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Patty Murray in her Washington, D.C. office; handling the Senator’s defense, veterans’ affairs, technology, telecommunications, space, science, and judiciary portfolios.

Jared received his Masters of Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, and his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon. He currently resides in Seattle.

City of BellevueKate Berens

Kate’s work has focused on the city’s relationship with Sound Transit during the planning and construction of East Link light rail and property acquisition issues arising from major city transportation projects. She is LGBTQ liaison for the city.

McCullough HillJessica Clawson

Jessica Clawson is a land-use attorney with McCullough Hill Leary. Her focus is land use entitlements in complex urban regulatory environments. Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, she has assisted in permitting thousands of residential units and several million square feet of office space in the region.

Jessica enjoys spending weekends on Hood Canal with her husband, two young children, and a very large cat.

Association of General Contractors
Government Affairs Manager
Sonja Forster

Sonja Forster is currently the Seattle District Manager for the Associated General Contractors of Washington. She serves AGC members in King County, and manages local government affairs for the region, Port of Seattle, Sound Transit and all Federal Facilities. A highlight of her tenure at AGC has been as the lead advocate of Culture of CARE – AGC’s platform for diversity and inclusion efforts in the commercial construction industry. In addition, Sonja serves as an appointee to the Priority Hire Advisory Committees of both King County and the City of Seattle. Prior to joining AGC in 2016, Sonja served as Vice President for Enterprise Washington, a state-wide business advocacy organization, where she managed programs to support the election of business-minded candidates to the Washington State Legislature. A graduate of the University of Washington, Sonja lives in Northwest Seattle with her two boys aged 14 and 10.

Delivery Express, Inc.David Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is President of Delivery Express, Inc. The company manages high priority freight around the US with a concentration in the NW. The company specializes in supporting healthcare, retail, and distribution supply chains that have critical deadlines.

Whether the shipment is a lab specimen that needs to move across town in an hour or hospital supplies that need to move during the night or parts that need to be delivered into a retail location before it opens for business in the morning, Delivery Express manages the entire process from beginning to end with a constant focus on on-time delivery.

Delivery Express also operates distribution/operations centers in Tukwila and Spokane and a warehouse in Kent.

Dave was born in Everett and moved to the Eastside as a youngster where he has lived ever since. He and his wife, Kristian, are guiding their youngest of 6 through his final 2 years of high school and live in Bellevue. Dave is active in philanthropic work and community service and currently serves as the Vice Charr of Bellevue’s Parks and Community Services Board.

The Bellevue CollectionJim Hill

Jim is from Boulder, CO and a graduate of the University of Colorado. 

With professional focus on public policy, public affairs and strategic communications, Jim joined Kemper Development Company as Vice President in 2004.  

Prior to joining Kemper, Jim worked in Washington DC as a legislative aide to US Senator Frank Murkowski; in Law and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Corporation; and as Director, US Public Policy at Amazon.  

In his role at KDC, Jim is responsible for government affairs, public relations, communications and strategic initiatives.  Jim manages a land-use legal team and works closely with KDC’s corporate marketing, operations and real estate development teams.

Jim is immediate past chairman of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and has served on the boards of the Bellevue Police Foundation, Eastside Business Alliance, Overlake Hospital Foundation, Association of WA Business, Seattle Sports Commission and the International Friends School in Bellevue. 

Puget Sound Energy
David Hoffman
Seattle King County RealtorsRussell Hokanson
Alaska AirScott Kennedy
Langton Spieth, LLCSarah Langton

Sarah Langton is founding partner of Langton Spieth LLC, a full-service public affairs, communications, and community outreach consulting firm founded in 2002.

Point InsideJosh Marti

Josh Marti is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of Bellevue based Point Inside, Chairperson of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Member of the United Rentals Advanced Solutions Group.

At Point Inside, we’ve built the most flexible and advanced indoor mapping and location technology but, mapping is not what we do – it’s how we do it.

Our mission at The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is to foster a healthy business environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy, tools, and resources for business success.

United Rentals Advanced Solutions Group works to connect man, machine, material and environment for its customers by using innovative technologies to disruptively increase job-site productivity and safety.

Considered an expert in wireless location based systems, I was responsible for several of the largest consumer GPS deployments prior to co-founding Point Inside in 2009. I’m blessed to have so many cool colleagues, a beautiful wife, four rambunctious daughters and the funnest job on the planet!

Honored as a Seattle 40 under 40, I hold a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University and sit on EE & CE Advisory Board as Past Chair.

MicrosoftMichael Mattmiller

Michael Mattmiller is a government technologist who champions efforts to connect people with their government, increase workforce productivity, and increase digital equity. Serving as the Chief Technology in the City of Seattle from 2014-2018, Michael In led the creation of the City’s consolidated technology department, which brought together more than 650 professionals and provided the scale necessary to deliver powerful technology solutions for the City and public it serves. In addition, Michael led the creation of a City-wide privacy program to build public trust in how their municipal government collects and uses their personal information and a broadband program that has increased the availability of fiber-to-the-home gigabit broadband service throughout the city. Working with other departments, Michael helped modernize critical public-facing systems, facilitating the migration to modern cloud-based computing platforms that reduced costs and increased public satisfaction with City services.

Michael joined the Microsoft State Government Affairs team in 2018, helping state and local governments achieve more by leveraging Microsoft’s services and policy resources. Previously, Michael was a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he helped federal agencies secure and manage their technology investments. He serves on the boards of the MetroLab Network, an organization that encourages government-university collaborations to solve urban challenges using data and new technologies, and is an advisor to the Internet of Things Consortium. He received a Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Science from The George Washington University.

City of BellevueJoyce Nichols

In November 2011 Joyce began leading the city’s efforts on legislative and regional issues, representing Bellevue’s policy interests at the federal, state and regional levels of government.

SymetraBeth Osborne

Beth Osborne is a seasoned public affairs professional with over 17 years of experience working for government and nonprofits on community engagement, public policy, and advocacy.

As Director of Local Public Affairs at Bellevue-based Symetra, she is focused on outreach to local government, business and community organizations in King County. She previously had served as Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Patty Murray where she managed a statewide community outreach team that engaged Washington State’s vast constituencies.

Prior to that role, as the Port of Seattle’s Senior Federal Government Relations Manager, she led advocacy and coalition-building efforts to strengthen port competitiveness and the local economy by working on efforts to secure a $20 million TIGER grant, creating fairness in the harbor maintenance tax and modernizing investments in aviation infrastructure. From 2003-2012, she held a variety of roles for then-U.S. Representative Jay Inslee including Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director and supported his work on education, climate policy, and women’s issues.

Beth loves traveling internationally and spending time at her family’s cabin on Whidbey Island.

The Partners GroupCraig Pankow

Craig Pankow joined The Partners Group in 2016 with over 30 years of experience under his belt in the insurance field, including extensive expertise in team and operational leadership, strategic planning, and sales management. Craig draws from his insurance experience as President & CEO of PointSure Insurance Services, Western Region Marketing Officer of Willis of North America, Executive VP/Co-Founder of Penhurst Insurance Services, and Regional Marketing Officer of Eagle Pacific Insurance Company.

Craig is a graduate of City University with both a BA and Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management. Craig also has an Associate’s degree in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.

Craig was one of eight founding members of the Rick Pankow Foundation, an all-volunteer that is designed to help cancer patients and their families deal with the financial challenges of the disease. He stays busy raising funds for this organization through an annual golf tournament, a 5K run/walk, and the Trees of Hope campaign. In his free time, Craig enjoys the outdoors by hiking and boating with his wife and four daughters.

Rental Housing AssociationHeather Pierce
Washington FederalMegara Potts

Megara Potts has been a member of the Eastside community since 1983. Washington Federal Bank is her corporate home, serving as AVP/Manager in Bellevue, specializing in custom construction (retail and spec), land and purchase loans.

She divides her time between work and volunteering; currently facilitating financial Education classes with Hopelink and other community organizations as well as a build here and there for Habitat for Humanity.

Megara has also served on the scholarship, transportation, and public affairs committees at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the Eastside Business Alliance.

Port of Seattle
Keri Pravitz
Natalie Quick Consulting
Natalie Quick

Providing counsel, strategy and guiding implementation for high-profile, complex projects is at the heart of the work Natalie has advanced during her more than 18-year tenure in the public relations / public affairs field. She has led community outreach, provided creative media counsel and led public affairs strategy for public and private sector clients throughout Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.

For nearly two decades, she has advanced strategic engagement on behalf of her clients with neighborhood advocates, the media, labor leaders, civic groups, transportation, land use, housing and pedestrian advocates, business groups, freight mobility / industrial groups and elected officials.

VulcanLeslie Smith

Leslie Smith is the Director of Public Policy at Vulcan Inc. and an integral member of the government and community relations team. In addition to building strong relationships with elected and civic leaders, she participates in regional policy deliberations on issues ranging from transportation infrastructure to homelessness and housing.

Prior to joining Vulcan, she was the founder of the Alliance for Pioneer Square; the economic development organization credited with the transformation of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood.

In addition to her roles in leading non-profits, Leslie has run her own consulting firm, served as COO of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, CEO of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, and as the executive in residence for the Center for Disability Policy and Research. Leslie brings a track record of vision, strategy, and effective execution in senior leadership positions across sectors. She has a MA in organizational systems and is a certified executive coach.

Rowley PropertiesKristi Tripple

Kristi Tripple is Vice President for Community Development at Rowley Properties, Inc. She is a native of Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Arts in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior.

Kristi began her career working for the community and technical college system with an emphasis on workforce and economic development. Serving as the Director for the Business Training Center at the Lake Washington Institute for Technology, she had the opportunity to serve as the entrepreneurial “arm” for the college by developing innovative partnerships, creating new programs and services, and finding new ways to connect the community through economic development initiatives. She spent significant time working with businesses (such as Harley Davidson, Boeing, Molbaks, and Amgen) to address their workforce needs and in the community working with Greater Eastside chambers and cities. In 2005, she changed careers to property development/ governmental affairs with Rowley Properties, Inc. as she could see a similar connection of people and place. Throughout her life, she has always helped others and gravitated toward positions where she could help make a difference. Her most recent accomplishment was helping the Rowleys lead the public negotiation and successful achievement of a 30-year development agreement with the City of Issaquah. The development agreement covers 78 acres and enables re-development from single-use/suburban properties into two new neighborhoods (Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center) that will be mixed-use, complete, compact and connected.

Believing it is important to be actively engaged, Kristi currently volunteers on the City of Issaquah’s Economic Vitality Commission. Prior, she served on the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce slate of offices for six years and was Board chair in 2011. In her former career, she served on the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ Workforce Education Council and Continuing Education Council.

Wallace PropertiesKevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace oversees all development and acquisition activity for Wallace Properties. He is also responsible for all legal matters for the company’s three divisions: Brokerage, Property and Asset Management and Investment/Development. Kevin began his career as a Real Estate Attorney at K&L Gates in 1997 then moved to Foster Pepper in 2001. Active in a variety of civic endeavors, he is a native of Bellevue, where he serves on the Bellevue City Council and lives with his wife Natalie and three sons: Gabe, Garrett and Zachary.

Wig PropertiesLeshya Wig

Leshya is a partner at Wig Properties and leads the development of mixed use and retail projects. Ms. Wig has worked in real estate development for over 10 years at companies including Colliers International, IDS Real Estate Group, and Blake Hunt Ventures. While at Wig Properties, Ms. Wig has led the development of 230K SF of retail property, and during her tenure at IDS Real Estate Group, she managed in excess of 500K SF of industrial and office properties. Ms. Wig holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Pacific Public AffairsJoe Woods

Joe is a partner and principal with Pacific Public Affairs, where he works in all aspects of strategy and execution for the firm’s clients throughout Washington State. Joe has over a decade of experience as a senior strategic communications and policy advisor in the public and private sector, including significant work in local government relations, constituent outreach, coalition building, and political strategy.

Prior to joining Pacific Public Affairs, Joe served as deputy chief of staff to King County Executive Dow Constantine. In this role, Joe led county legislative affairs, developed external relationships, and managed major strategic initiatives. Before his work at King County, Joe was Washington State operations director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and an associate at Seattle-based investment banking firm Cascadia Capital.

Joe received his master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, where he focused on domestic policy, political strategy, and communications. He is a graduate of Western Washington University and has a joint degree in Economics and Political Science.

Genesee AdkinsWSP USA
Senior Director, Planning | Vice President
Kendall AndereggMutual Materials
Jared AxelrodAmazon
Patrick BannonBellevue Downtown Association
Kate BerensCity of Bellevue
Deputy City Manager
Jim BlundellT-Mobile
Shannon BoldizsarLakemont Public Affairs
Strategic Consultant – Govt Affairs, Policy, Community & Social Impact
Lyset CadenaBellevue Chamber
Lobbyist
Jessie ClawsonMcCullough Hill Leary, P.S.
Partner
Joe FainBellevue Chamber
President & CEO
Sonja ForsterAssociated General Contractors of Washington
Seattle District Manager
Caitlin GallagherBellevue Chamber
Carl GipsonAT&T
Jacqueline GruberVulcan
Public Policy Director
Dave HamiltonDelivery Express
CEO
David HoffmanPuget Sound Energy
Russell HokansonSeattle King County Realtors
CEO – Seattle King County REALTORS
Scott KennedyAlaska Airlines
Sarah LangtonLangton Spieth, LLC
Josh MartiPoint Inside
John MilbrathAAA Washington
Michael NassirianARVR Studio
Beth OsborneSymetra
Director, Local Public Affairs
Craig PankowThe Partners Group
Managing Partner
Megara PottsWaFd Bank – Eastgate
AVP, Branch Manager, Loan Officer
Keri PravitzPort of Seattle
East King County Community & Government Relations
Melissa PutmanKaiser Permanente
Natalie QuickNatalie Quick Consulting, LLC
Leslie SmithVulcan
Kristi TrippleRowley Properties, Inc.
Stephen UyFacebook, Inc.
Head of Public Policy & Community Engagement, Northwest
Kevin WallaceWallace Properties Inc.
President
Rich WhiteThe Boeing Company
Senior Manager, State & Local, Government Operations
Leshya WigWig Properties
Barb WilsonMicrosoft Corporation
Puget Sound Local Government Affairs
Joe WoodsPacific Public Affairs
WSP USA
Senior Director, Planning | Vice President
Genesee Adkins

Genesee Adkins has been named a planning senior director for Advisory in the Northwest Pacific District at WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy.

In her role at WSP, Adkins will develop and implement strategic growth plans for planning services across multiple sectors in Washington State, with a focus on the Puget Sound area. She will also provide business development and leadership to promote the firm’s growth and expansion throughout the Northwest Pacific District, which covers Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii and Guam.

“Genesee will play a key role in helping WSP meet client objectives and solve their challenges on projects in transportation planning, environmental planning, mobility, data/analytics, land use planning and urban design,” said Karen Doherty, senior vice president and Northwest Pacific District lead at WSP. “Her extensive experience and proven leadership in the Puget Sound region provides her with a keen perspective on what our clients in the Pacific Northwest are facing.”

Prior to joining WSP, Adkins served as a vice president and director of infrastructure initiatives and external affairs in the Washington area for a global engineering services firm. She has extensive experience in government relations, serving as chief of staff for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation from 2016-2019, director of state relations for the University of Washington, director of government relations for King County, and state legislative director for the City of Seattle.

Adkins is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics.

Mutual Materials
Kendall Anderegg

Kendall Anderegg is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Mutual Materials. She came from Intel to join Mutual Materials in 2002 and advanced into leadership roles working across the company in Information Technology, Operations, Sales, and Marketing before being promoted to company president in 2014. Today, Kendall is responsible for running all facets of Mutual’s business and has been instrumental in driving the strategic plan determining Mutual’s future growth plans. Kendall is also a fifth generation shareholder of the closely held private company.

As a graduate of the University of Washington, Kendall has a BA in Creative Writing and an MBA with an operations emphasis. Active in national industry associations, Kendall is the Chair of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), the first woman to be elected to that role.

Locally, she serves on the board and executive committee for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the board of the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, and on the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound. She is also a member of Vistage International and coaches for the Cascade Striders youth cross country and track teams. She was recognized by Puget Sound Business Journal as one of their Women of Influence in 2016.

Amazon
Jared Axelrod

Jared Axelrod is the Senior Manager of Public Policy for Amazon. He works with policymakers at the local, regional and state levels in Washington state. He also works with trade associations and policymaker organizations throughout the United States to better serve Amazon’s customers and advance Amazon’s public policy priorities and worldwide operations.

Prior to joining Amazon, Jared was the Government Affairs Manager for philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. There, he was responsible for day-to-day government relations activities at the state and federal levels on a wide variety of projects, worked to implement legislative and public affairs initiatives for Vulcan and Vulcan-affiliated organizations, and represented Mr. Allen in various legislative, political, and business settings.

Prior to that, Jared worked at Ceis Bayne East Strategic, a local government relations and public affairs firm in Seattle, where he supported various public, private, and non-profit clients. He also previously served as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Patty Murray in her Washington, D.C. office; handling the Senator’s defense, veterans’ affairs, technology, telecommunications, space, science, and judiciary portfolios.

Jared received his Masters of Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, and his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon. He currently resides in Seattle.

Bellevue Downtown Association
Patrick Bannon

Patrick Bannon has been president of the Bellevue Downtown Association, a membership organization of business and civic leaders who champion a strong economic and cultural heart for Bellevue and the Eastside, since 2013. He was the communications and public affairs manager there for seven years before moving into his current role. Patrick and the BDA team support members with advocacy, marketing and major community events, and strategic programs to help the Downtown area thrive.

Prior to the BDA, Patrick was an account executive for the Seattle and Los Angeles offices of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. He also worked for a year in Hokkaido, Japan as an English teacher for junior high students. Patrick serves on the board of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and he is a past chair and board member for Leadership Eastside. He graduated from Pepperdine University, where he also met his wife, Sunni. They are Eastside residents with two fast-growing kids and a yellow Lab.

City of Bellevue
Deputy City Manager
Kate Berens
T-Mobile
Jim Blundell

Jim serves as Senior Manager of State Legislative Affairs for T-Mobile, at its headquarters in Bellevue, WA. He is responsible for government affairs in several western states, including Washington. Prior to T-Mobile, Jim built the state government affairs program at Western Wireless and led that group until it was acquired by Alltel Wireless. He also led the public affairs practice groups at two communications agencies in Seattle—Edelman and Nyhus. Clients included Microsoft, PhRMA, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Washington Lottery, Sapphire Energy, Fate Therapeutics, Allied Waste, the Innovation Alliance, and the Space Needle.

Jim also served as House Counsel to the Washington State House of Representatives and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. Early in his career, he clerked for Court of Appeals Judge, Gerry Alexander and practiced law at the law firm of Owens Davies Mackie in Olympia. Jim received his law degree from Santa Clara University and was Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Law Review. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle

Lakemont Public Affairs
Strategic Consultant – Govt Affairs, Policy, Community & Social Impact
Shannon Boldizsar
Bellevue Chamber
Lobbyist
Lyset Cadena
McCullough Hill Leary, P.S.
Partner
Jessie Clawson

Jessica Clawson is a land-use attorney with McCullough Hill Leary.

Her focus is land use entitlements in complex urban regulatory environments. Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, she has assisted in permitting thousands of residential units and several million square feet of office space in the region.

Jessica enjoys spending weekends on Hood Canal with her husband, two young children, and a very large cat.

Bellevue Chamber
President & CEO
Joe Fain

Joe Fain is the President and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber. He previously served two terms in the Washington State Senate where he worked extensively on economic development, transportation, and education issues.

He was a leading negotiator of Washington’s 2015 statewide transportation package. He also led the negotiations and prime-sponsored Washington’s Paid Family Leave legislation, which passed in 2017.

Joe has also worked managing a boutique law and consulting firm in Seattle speciailizing in technology and healthcare; at the University of Washington office of technology transfer and commercialization; as a prosecutor for King County; and as Chief of Staff to a member of the King County Council.

Joe was selected in 2012 as one Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and was a 2017 Rodel Fellow with the Aspen Institute.

He has a Joint JD/MBA from Seattle University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

Associated General Contractors of Washington
Seattle District Manager
Sonja Forster

Acknowledged for success in organizational development, community outreach and promotional messaging. Has been involved in developing strategies that result in strategically-prudent organizational re-direction, increased community profile, membership participation, and sustainable growth and viability. Possesses business and marketing instincts, with experience as an independent consultant and program manager.

Specialties: Project/Program Management, Business Acumen/Instincts , Relationship Building, Communications & Liaison, Event Planning & Strategic Direction, Organizational Leadership, Change Management

Bellevue Chamber
Caitlin Gallagher
AT&T
Carl Gipson

Carl Gipson is director of External and Legislative Affairs for AT&T in the state of Washington. He has two decades of policy, legislative and regulatory experience. Carl works regularly with organizations such as chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations, and various trade associations to advocate on behalf of AT&T, its employees, and customers. Previously, Carl worked for Frontier Communications NW (now Ziply Fiber) in regulatory affairs, and before that spent almost a decade at Washington Policy Center, working on economic development and technology/telecommunications policy. A graduate of Western Washington University, he lives in Shoreline with his wife and three daughters.

Vulcan
Public Policy Director
Jacqueline Gruber

Jacqueline holds a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She is a Fellow of the University of Washington Runstad Department of Real Estate and a Fellow of the International Downtown Association Emerging Leaders program.

Delivery Express
CEO
Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is President of Delivery Express, Inc. The company manages high priority freight around the US with a concentration in the NW. The company specializes in supporting healthcare, retail, and distribution supply chains that have critical deadlines.

Whether the shipment is a lab specimen that needs to move across town in an hour or hospital supplies that need to move during the night or parts that need to be delivered into a retail location before it opens for business in the morning, Delivery Express manages the entire process from beginning to end with a constant focus on on-time delivery.

Delivery Express also operates distribution/operations centers in Tukwila and Spokane and a warehouse in Kent.

Dave was born in Everett and moved to the Eastside as a youngster where he has lived ever since. He and his wife, Kristian, are guiding their youngest of 6 through his final 2 years of high school and live in Bellevue. Dave is active in philanthropic work and community service and currently serves as the Vice Chair of Bellevue’s Parks and Community Services Board.

Puget Sound Energy
David Hoffman

David Hoffman is the Local Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager for Puget Sound Energy (PSE), representing the company throughout the east King County and Eastern Washington. He works with policy makers and advocacy organizations to advance clean energy policy that maintains reliability and affordability for PSE customers. Prior to joining PSE, David was the King County Government Affairs Manager for the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, focusing on land use and housing policy throughout east King County.

David received his B.A. in Political Science from Central Washington University. He currently lives in Renton with his wife and two sons.

Seattle King County Realtors
CEO – Seattle King County REALTORS
Russell Hokanson
Alaska Airlines
Scott Kennedy
Langton Spieth, LLC
Sarah Langton
Point Inside
Josh Marti

Josh Marti is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of Bellevue based Point Inside, Chairperson of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Member of the United Rentals Advanced Solutions Group.

At Point Inside, we’ve built the most flexible and advanced indoor mapping and location technology but, mapping is not what we do – it’s how we do it.

Our mission at The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is to foster a healthy business environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy, tools, and resources for business success.

United Rentals Advanced Solutions Group works to connect man, machine, material and environment for its customers by using innovative technologies to disruptively increase job-site productivity and safety.

Considered an expert in wireless location based systems, I was responsible for several of the largest consumer GPS deployments prior to co-founding Point Inside in 2009. I’m blessed to have so many cool colleagues, a beautiful wife, four rambunctious daughters and the funnest job on the planet!

Honored as a Seattle 40 under 40, I hold a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University and sit on EE & CE Advisory Board as Past Chair.

AAA Washington
John Milbrath

Milbrath is responsible for delivering on AAA’s brand promises – trust and peace of mind — every day. He has been with AAA Washington for 30 years working in Travel, Automotive, and Human Resources.  Currently his areas of oversight include the delivery of Emergency Road Service (ERS), the Approved Auto Repair Network, operations of the ERS Fleet, the full-service leisure Travel Agency, and the Member Services in its 17 AAA Store locations throughout the Club’s territory. High quality service delivery in every interaction with members is his primary goal and responsibility.

Milbrath continues to work closely with the AAA National Office and other clubs, serving on workgroups and project teams to improve the overall AAA Association’s effectiveness. He has been involved since the inception in 2012 of AAA’s Automotive Engineering initiative, testing, and evaluating new vehicle technologies including the building blocks of fully automated vehicles.

Milbrath received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his MBA from Western Washington University. He also attended the Executive Education Program at Columbia University and is a graduate of the Leadership Tomorrow program.

ARVR Studio
Michael Nassirian

Senior Executive, Quality Architect, and Leader with over 30 years of experience building and inspiring teams that delight customers with innovative solutions spanning many emerging and existing technologies in US and International market. After receiving his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas Michael started his career at Texas Instrument where he led various teams in designing and delivering ASIC chipset used in Military applications, later on Michael took the leadership in delivering advanced processors used in SPARC stations. Michael joined Microsoft in 1997 where he held many leadership positions including managing Microsoft Office International quality development for more than 9 years. He then joined Microsoft Windows Division where he managed quality teams delivering Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 along with many other deliverables such as Surface and IOT line of products. His last few years at Microsoft Michael worked as Partner Quality Manager and Architect in Windows Analog Division where he played a major role in developing HoloLens. Michael is a serial entrepreneur with proven track record in disruptive technologies. He’s passionate about learning new technologies and consider himself life-long student, researcher, challenging the unknown, and explorer. After 19-year Michael, left Microsoft to pursuer future challenges in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality world. He is currently involved in training, consulting, developing, and innovation in Mixed Reality technologies in many industries such as Education, Medical, Automotive, manufacturing, and e-commerce.

Symetra
Director, Local Public Affairs
Beth Osborne

Beth Osborne has over 18 years of experience in public policy, coalition-building, advocacy and community engagement through working in government, nonprofit and private sectors. As Director of Local Public Affairs at Bellevue-based Symetra, she leads the Symetra Empowers corporate giving program and manages the company’s local relationships with elected officials, business and nonprofit organizations within Symetra’s national footprint. She has worked on a variety of issues ranging from climate and energy, infrastructure, economy, education, and women’s issues while holding roles as Deputy State Director of Outreach for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Senior Federal Government Relations Manager for the Port of Seattle and Deputy Chief of Staff for then-U.S. Representative Jay Inslee. She volunteers on the Boards of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, The Sophia Way and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Leadership Group. Beth loves travelling internationally and spending time at her family’s cabin on Whidbey Island.

The Partners Group
Managing Partner
Craig Pankow

Craig Pankow joined The Partners Group in 2016 with over 30 years of experience under his belt in the insurance field, including extensive expertise in team and operational leadership, strategic planning, and sales management. Craig draws from his insurance experience as President & CEO of PointSure Insurance Services, Western Region Marketing Officer of Willis of North America, Executive VP/Co-Founder of Penhurst Insurance Services, and Regional Marketing Officer of Eagle Pacific Insurance Company. Craig is a graduate of City University, with both a BA and Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management. Craig also has an Associate’s degree in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America. Craig was one of eight founding members of the Rick Pankow Foundation, an all-volunteer that is designed to help cancer patients and their families deal with the financial challenges of the disease. He stays busy raising funds for this organization through an annual golf tournament, a 5K run/walk, and the Trees of Hope campaign. In his free time, Craig enjoys the outdoors by hiking and boating with his wife and four daughters.

WaFd Bank – Eastgate
AVP, Branch Manager, Loan Officer
Megara Potts

Megara Potts has been a member of the Eastside community since 1983. Washington Federal Bank is her corporate home, serving as AVP/Manager in Bellevue, specializing in custom construction (retail and spec), land and purchase loans.

She divides her time between work and volunteering; currently facilitating financial Education classes with Hopelink and other community organizations as well as a build here and there for Habitat for Humanity.

Megara has also served on the scholarship, transportation, and public affairs committees at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the Eastside Business Alliance.

Port of Seattle
East King County Community & Government Relations
Keri Pravitz

Keri Pravitz currently serves as the East King County Community & Government Relations Manager for the Port of Seattle. Keri has over 20 years of experience working on community, economic and organizational development in East King County in leadership roles in not-for-profit, business and government settings; including Executive Director for the Bellevue Family YMCA, Vice President for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and Community Projects Manager for Puget Sound Energy. Keri has worked in small nonprofits as Executive Director for Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and as the first Executive Director for the Justice & Soul Foundation. Keri has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Washington. Keri is also a graduate of Institute for Organizational Management, a graduate of Advanced Bellevue and Leadership Eastside’s Executive Insight. Keri currently serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Eastside, Steering Committee for Eastside Pride and as a Youth Advisor for Cascade Leadership Challenge. Keri and her spouse Niko live in Bellevue with their 3 teenage kids and six cats.

Kaiser Permanente
Melissa Putman
Natalie Quick Consulting, LLC
Natalie Quick

Providing counsel, strategy and guiding implementation for high-profile, complex projects is at the heart of the work Natalie has advanced during her more than 18-year tenure in the public relations / public affairs field. She has led community outreach, provided creative media counsel and led public affairs strategy for public and private sector clients throughout Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.

For nearly two decades, she has advanced strategic engagement on behalf of her clients with neighborhood advocates, the media, labor leaders, civic groups, transportation, land use, housing and pedestrian advocates, business groups, freight mobility / industrial groups and elected officials.

Vulcan
Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith is the Director of Public Policy at Vulcan Inc. and an integral member of the government and community relations team. In addition to building strong relationships with elected and civic leaders, she participates in regional policy deliberations on issues ranging from transportation infrastructure to homelessness and housing.

Prior to joining Vulcan, she was the founder of the Alliance for Pioneer Square; the economic development organization credited with the transformation of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood.

In addition to her roles in leading non-profits, Leslie has run her own consulting firm, served as COO of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, CEO of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, and as the executive in residence for the Center for Disability Policy and Research. Leslie brings a track record of vision, strategy, and effective execution in senior leadership positions across sectors. She has a MA in organizational systems and is a certified executive coach.

Rowley Properties, Inc.
Kristi Tripple

Kristi Tripple is Vice President for Community Development at Rowley Properties, Inc. She is a native of Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Arts in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior.

Kristi began her career working for the community and technical college system with an emphasis on workforce and economic development. Serving as the Director for the Business Training Center at the Lake Washington Institute for Technology, she had the opportunity to serve as the entrepreneurial “arm” for the college by developing innovative partnerships, creating new programs and services, and finding new ways to connect the community through economic development initiatives. She spent significant time working with businesses (such as Harley Davidson, Boeing, Molbaks, and Amgen) to address their workforce needs and in the community working with Greater Eastside chambers and cities. In 2005, she changed careers to property development/ governmental affairs with Rowley Properties, Inc. as she could see a similar connection of people and place. Throughout her life, she has always helped others and gravitated toward positions where she could help make a difference. Her most recent accomplishment was helping the Rowleys lead the public negotiation and successful achievement of a 30-year development agreement with the City of Issaquah. The development agreement covers 78 acres and enables re-development from single-use/suburban properties into two new neighborhoods (Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center) that will be mixed-use, complete, compact and connected.

Believing it is important to be actively engaged, Kristi currently volunteers on the City of Issaquah’s Economic Vitality Commission. Prior, she served on the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce slate of offices for six years and was Board chair in 2011. In her former career, she served on the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ Workforce Education Council and Continuing Education Council.

Facebook, Inc.
Head of Public Policy & Community Engagement, Northwest
Stephen Uy

Stephen Uy is the Head of Public Policy and Community Engagement for Facebook. In this role he oversees public policy in over 11 states and territories in addition to executing meaningful community engagement strategies in areas where Facebook has a physical presence.
Prior to Facebook, he served as Deputy Director of External affairs for Governor Jay Inslee where he oversaw outreach for underrepresented communities. In his 6 years with the Governor, he played a pivotal role in assisting communities devastated by the Oso Landslide, Eastern Washington complex fires, and helped establish the first LGBTQI employee resource group for the State.

Stephen is a graduate of the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program.

Wallace Properties Inc.
President
Kevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace oversees all development and acquisition activities for Wallace Properties. Kevin is also responsible for all legal matters for the company’s three divisions: Brokerage, Property and Asset Management and Investment/Development.

Kevin began his career as a Real Estate Attorney at K&L Gates in 1997 then moved to Foster Pepper in 2001. Active in a variety of civic endeavors, he is a native of Bellevue, where he serves on the Bellevue City Council and lives with his wife Natalie and three sons: Gabe, Garrett, and Zachary.

The Boeing Company
Senior Manager, State & Local, Government Operations
Rich White

Rich White is a Senior Government Relations manager for The Boeing Company. In this position, he is responsible for representing the company before elected and appointed public officials and their staffs, industry and business association executives and political community-based organizations in the Central Puget Sound region, Oregon and Montana. He acts as the primary company focal for negotiating and influencing government relations’ policy on external issues and he provides political strategy and advice to company management. White also develops and implements legislative and regulatory programs to ensure that the business interests of the company are reflected to the best advantage.

Prior to joining The Boeing Company, White was the director of government affairs for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, where he oversaw the development and implementation of the chamber’s policy positions. White also acted as the chamber’s lobbyist both regionally and in Olympia, Wash..

White also has worked in Olympia for the state Senate Republican caucus and as the Washington field director for the Dole/Kemp Presidential Campaign. He previously worked for former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton in both Washington D.C. and the state of Washington.

White is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs. He was a 2005 Marshall Memorial Fellow and is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1986.

White’s current activities and volunteer experiences include serving on the Board of Directors for the Schack Art Center, Everett Public Schools Foundation, Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Business & Industry and nearly a dozen other groups, chambers and agencies.

Wig Properties
Leshya Wig

Leshya is a partner at Wig Properties and leads the development of mixed use and retail projects. Ms. Wig has worked in real estate development for over 10 years at companies including Colliers International, IDS Real Estate Group, and Blake Hunt Ventures. While at Wig Properties, Ms. Wig has led the development of 230K SF of retail property, and during her tenure at IDS Real Estate Group, she managed in excess of 500K SF of industrial and office properties. Ms. Wig holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Microsoft Corporation
Puget Sound Local Government Affairs
Barb Wilson
Pacific Public Affairs
Joe Woods

Joe is a partner and principal with Pacific Public Affairs, where he works in all aspects of strategy and execution for the firm’s clients throughout Washington State. Joe has over a decade of experience as a senior strategic communications and policy advisor in the public and private sector, including significant work in local government relations, constituent outreach, coalition building, and political strategy.

Prior to joining Pacific Public Affairs, Joe served as deputy chief of staff to King County Executive Dow Constantine. In this role, Joe led county legislative affairs, developed external relationships, and managed major strategic initiatives. Before his work at King County, Joe was Washington State operations director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and an associate at Seattle-based investment banking firm Cascadia Capital.

Joe received his master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, where he focused on domestic policy, political strategy, and communications. He is a graduate of Western Washington University and has a joint degree in Economics and Political Science.

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