Meet Our IF Board of Directors
The Institute of Flight (IF) is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of area leaders from the private and public sectors, as well as from government and institutions of higher learning.
Our organization and community are grateful for the leadership and support from such experienced professionals.
Data Scientist – Business Analytics, Cloud & Enterprise
R. Cameron Percy is co-founder of Avenace Incorporated, a Seattle technology company devoted to using electronic positioning technologies, such as GPS, to measure the volume, frequency, store preferences, travel paths, and demographics of individuals passing by any piece of physical property in the real world. He is co-inventor of a suite of seven issued U.S. patents foundational in the space. At Avenace he oversees the company’s product development and technology decision-making, manages the company’s financial models, and handles investor relations.
Cameron previously served as an appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger on the Teachers’ Retirement Board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.
An active pilot since age twelve, Cameron holds a commercial pilot license with type ratings in the Cessna Citation 525 series of business jets and Boeing 737s. A Seattle native, Cameron holds BA, MA, and Master of Public Policy degrees from Stanford University.
Mary Kaye Bredeson
Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
Mary Kaye Bredeson is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing. As the Executive Director, Mary Kaye provides leadership in promoting and maintaining the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington's economic and workforce development initiatives. As the Executive Director, Ms. Bredeson works to encourage educational programs to share best practices and resources as well as providing a clear point of contact for industry employers to share their workforce needs with all 34 community and technical colleges as well as other education and training providers.
As the CoE executive director, Mary Kaye has developed a variety of workshops and projects focusing on K-16 outreach and developing awareness around career opportunities in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry.
In 2013 she was awarded the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Leadership Academy.
At Pariveda, Akhil leads teams of consultants to deliver technical solutions to a varying range of clients in the Seattle area, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He is also responsible for mentoring several junior employees.
In addition to the Future of Flight, Akhil also helps out at ROOTS, a homeless shelter for young adults in the Seattle area.
Akhil earned a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Terry F. Walker
Terry has been a board member and officer of a number of community organizations. These involved theater and music groups, health organizations such as drug rehabilitation, and the local YMCAs. He started volunteering in 2014 at the Institute of Flight for event planning and has become a strong supporter of the STEAM education program for young adults.
He was an employee of SAFECO Life Insurance Company for over thirty years in various capacities, usually in sales management and product development. While at SAFECO, he earned several professional financial industry designations, securities licenses and became a corporate officer. Often the opportunity to speak to national groups involving sales and product knowledge were presented and well received.
He has a BA in Science Education from The Ohio State University. Terry and his wife, Sandra, reside in Everett.
Immediate Past President
Human Integration Architect
Blue Origin LLC
As a NASA Astronaut, Dr. Patrick flew on two shuttle missions to the International Space Station: STS-116 in 2006 and STS-130 in 2010. On his second flight, he conducted three spacewalks to connect the Station's life-support node and ready its Cupola observation windows for use. Dr. Patrick also held several technical positions at NASA, including Capsule Communicator (“Capcom”), flight crew representative to the Orion MPCV Program, and human factors lead for the Space Shuttle Avionics Upgrade Program. Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Patrick was an engineer for The Boeing Company in Everett, where he worked on flight deck design for many Boeing models. Dr. Patrick is currently the Human Integration Architect for Blue Origin, a Kent-based manufacturer of spacecraft.
Born in the UK, Dr. Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and – after moving to the US – doctorate and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Patrick learned to fly with the RAF, and is an avid pilot and a flight instructor.
Aero Law Group
Kevin Austin founded the Aero Law Group in 2000 after an extensive career in Aviation and Law with Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, California and The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. His practice has spanned aviation, emerging growth companies, venture capital financing, public securities and initial public offerings, and equity and debt financing transactions.
Mr. Austin’s practice currently focuses exclusively on aviation, where he represents numerous clients in domestic and international transactions involving the sale, lease and exchange of commercial and executive aircraft, including the acquisition of the first ever Boeing Business Jet. He also represents investment bankers in their aircraft and airline investments and has worked with emerging and established commercial airlines in equity, debt and lease financings. He also has experience in the application of the bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
During Mr. Austin’s 19 years at Boeing he served as Regional Director of Aircraft Contracts for Africa and the Middle East (Commercial and VIP), as well as contracts director for Boeing’s then-primary customers UPS, Southwest and IFLC. He also managed Boeing’s delivery and closing processes and customer flight operations, overseeing nearly 1,000 closings involving Boeing’s entire commercial product line, the 707, 727, 737, 747, 757 and 767. His closings included the introduction of many first-of-model aircraft, and delivery of the last production 707 and 727 aircraft.
Mr. Austin left Boeing to attend Stanford Law School in 1990 and received his J.D. from Stanford in 1993. He attended the University of Washington and received a B.A. in business administration (accounting) from Seattle University in 1980, while working full time at Boeing delivering aircraft.
Mr. Austin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Future of Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, Washington, a leading center of learning and innovation for science, technology and aviation.
Mr. Austin is a member of the state bars of California, Colorado and Washington, the American Bar Association - Forum on Air and Space Law and Aircraft Financing Subcommittee, and the National Business Aviation Association.
President, Marketing Solutions
Andrew Ballard is the president of Marketing Solutions, a Puget Sound area agency that develops research-based growth strategies that accelerate revenue generation.He has over 30 years experience in marketing, media and management. His specialties include marketing research, strategic planning, brand development and advertising. Mr. Ballard has helped hundreds of organizations (from startups through Fortune 500 companies) achieve remarkable growth.
Andrew is a graduate of the Ford Marketing Institute and certified in Six Sigma. He has held every position in the marketing food chain…from sales rep to CEO. Prior to launching Marketing Solutions in 1997, he was an executive director for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and worked for the CBS broadcast affiliate in Seattle.
He is also a respected author and educator.His articles on marketing strategy have been published in business journals through all 50 states. His first book, entitled Your Opinion Doesn’t Matter, has been endorsed in both the corporate and academic circles as being “innovative and insightful.” Andrew is also a part-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Business.
As a full service agency, Marketing Solutions develops and implements research-based growth strategies that help small and midsize businesses accelerate revenue generation.
Esterline Control & Communication Systems
Mr. Buchan began his career at MBDA Missile Systems (BAE Systems, Intl.) and rose quickly in the organization with leadership positions in engineering, systems integration and program management. He led a team of 20 engineers responsible for the systems design & integration of the Meteor missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale and Gripen aircraft. He has also held positions at BAE Systems’ head office as part of the British Aerospace–GE Marconi integration team as an executive weapons analyst.
He subsequently joined Cobham Plc as Director for Business Development for their Mission Equipment division where he grew that business over twenty percent during his tenure.
Mr. Buchan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire and a Master’s of Science in Advanced Systems Engineering from Loughborough University. Mr. Buchan also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee for the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, the Advisory Council for Snohomish County STEM and the STEM Advisory Board for Everett School District and is a Board Member with the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition.
He also holds a number of other affiliations including a member of the Air Force Association, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, member of the National Defense Industrial Association and member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International.
He is an avid aviation enthusiast and lives in Mukilteo, Washington with his wife Kristen and two children, Julianne and William.
Arif R. Ghouse, FRAeS, C.M.
Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport
As the Director of Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport, Arif is charged with managing one of the more diverse and dynamic airports in the Pacific Northwest. Arif has broad latitude for independent action governing all aspects of airport operations, maintenance, and development, while working within the framework of all applicable laws and regulations.
He oversees a full-time staff of 52, an annual operating budget of $45 million, and capital projects totaling up to $50 million/year. However, this doesn’t reflect the total economic power that Paine Field represents to the region. The Airport’s economic impact is estimated at 84,000 jobs (54,000 direct) and annual output exceeding USD $30-billion. The Airport is home to The Boeing Company assembly plant and flight testing for all 747, 767, 777, and (most) 787 airplanes, Aviation Technical Services (ATS) – one of the largest aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in North America, plus 650 general aviation and business aircraft.
In addition, Paine Field is a major tourist destination with the opening of the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection, Historic Flight Foundation, and Seattle Museum of Flight Restoration Center. An estimated 400,000 tourists visit Paine Field every year.
Arif has 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. He has previously worked in operations, security, and emergency management roles at British Airports Authority (BAA), Houston Airport System, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Paine Field’s mission is to contribute to the economic vitality and quality of life of the region by providing high-quality aviation and industrial services, facilities, and interaction with stakeholders. Arif has succeeded in maintaining a focus on that mission during his tenure as director.
Arif is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He is vice chair of the Washington Airports Management Association, a board member of the Institute of Flight, and sits on the Aviation Advisory Committee for Everett Community College..Arif has served as chair for the Airports Council International (North America) Public Safety and Security Committee, and is a former executive board member of the Seattle FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
He holds a B.A. with honors in Business Administration and a M.S. in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, England.
Brett Heinrichs is an entrepreneur who has successfully built and operated multiple businesses over his career. His focus has been on technology and aviation delivering solutions that support product development, design engineering, manufacturing, aircraft configuration, and customer experience. Brett led a team that delivered the first successful 3D immersive aircraft configuration tool to Cessna, revolutionizing the purchasing experience for customers. Similar solutions were also delivered to Boeing for the 787, 747-8 and 777F, Rockwell Collins, and other major manufacturers. Brett also has an extensive background in finance and operations and is a CPA. Through Aptilla, Brett has provided complete facilities design, construction, and management services that enable companies to more effectively meet the needs of their customers and employees while realizing significant cost savings. In addition to being a private pilot, Brett serves on the board ofBryn Athyn College and volunteers for the Northern Colorado Reading Initiative which focuses on providing the necessary resources to children with dyslexia and educatingteachers and parents about supporting dyslexic children.
More Arts! LLC
AnnRené Joseph works with and assists individuals, groups, companies, and organizations to bring the artistic processes of creating, performing, presenting, and responding into their personal and professional practices.
Prior to establishing her own business as CEO of More Arts! LLC., AnnRené served as the Program Supervisor for the Arts, for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for Washington State, from 2001-2011. She is a certified PK-20 teacher, and holds active teacher, principal and superintendent credentials. She served the education profession for 34 consecutive and successful years, with 13 years as a classroom teacher, music, and theatre specialist, 11 years as a building principal and school district administrator, and 10 years as a state official at OSPI for arts education, prior to her retirement to complete her doctorate at Seattle Pacific University. She is a requested keynote and motivational speaker, conference presenter, clinician, performer, and PK-20 instructor. She is a professional musician, and certified FEBI Life Coach.
AnnRené received a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in Seattle, WA. She also received a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Education from Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, WA. Her dissertation study entitled The Effects of Creative Dramatics on the Vocabulary Achievement of Fourth Grade Students in a Language Arts Classroom: An Empirical Study (Joseph, 2013) provides statistically significant evidence that the two treatment groups with creative dramatics interventions outscored the control group without creative dramatics. Her dissertation is published and available in ProQuest and at SPU.
Business Manager, ASC Seattle - Director, Boeing Programs
Jeff Masiwchuk is the Business Manager, ASC Seattle and Director, Boeing Programs for the Aerospace division of PPG Industries, Inc. PPG Aerospace is a leading manufacturer of transparencies, sealants, and coatings. It is also the provider of electrochromic window systems, surface solutions, packaging, and chemical management services. PPG Aerospace delivers new technologies and solutions to airframe manufacturers and airlines as well as maintenance providers for the commercial, military, and general aviation industries globally.
As the Business Manager for ASC Seattle, Jeff has P&L responsibility for PPG’s manufacturing facility located in Woodinville, WA. In addition, as Director of Boeing Programs, Jeff is responsible for directing all aspects of the B2B relationship between PPG and The Boeing Company.
Jeff is passionate about making a difference, whether it’s coaching his son’s basketball or soccer teams, presenting aerospace technology to elementary school children, or volunteering at the local animal shelter, Jeff enjoys inspiring the youth of today and sharing his experiences.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Washington, Foster School of Business, Executive Development Program and he also holds a BA in Organization Management from Northwest University.
Jeff resides in Kirkland with his wife, Jodie and 15-year-old son Jeremy.
Patrick J. Pierce
Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Patrick Pierce currently serves as President/CEO for Economic Alliance Snohomish County, representing over 400 private and public members in their mission to grow economic vitality through increased investment, improved infrastructure, better educational offering and smarter business policies and regulations. Before joining Economic Alliance Snohomish County in 2016, Patrick Pierce, 35, served as the Economic Development Program Manager at the Puget Sound Regional Council from 2012 to 2015. Previous to PSRC, he managed the countywide advocacy strategies for both the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Alliance Snohomish County. Patrick holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Seattle University with an emphasis in nonprofit management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District and the Boards of Directors for the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Institute of Flight, and Washington Military Alliance. He lives with his wife, two daughters and yellow lab near Mill Creek, WA.
Robert W. Prosch
Associate Dean for Aviation Maintenance Technology
Everett Community College
Robert serves as Associate Dean for Aviation Maintenance Technology for Everett Community College. Prior, he served as the Director of Everett Community College’s East County Campus in Monroe, Washington. He also has a music and dramatic background having maintained a music studio that included vocal study, performance coaching, conducting, directing, and personal performance. Rob has directed Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, served as the conductor and artistic director for the Whidbey Chamber Singers, the WICA Conservatory Choir and the South Whidbey Youth Chorus, and the WICA Glee Club.
Robert holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with emphasis in conducting and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Brigham Young University. He served as a college instructor, high school choral conductor, drama teacher and high school performing arts director prior to public school and college administration.
Senior Aviation Consultant
The Boeing Company
Prior to Boeing, Mr. Sikora spent 20 years in the commercial aviation industry in various roles including Airline Operations, Airport Operations, and Information Technology. Most recently, Mr. Sikora was Director of Information Technology at US Airways where he was responsible for desktop computing and IT helpdesk services to the airline. Mr. Sikora also has served as Vice President of Operations at two Caribbean based sister airlines with responsibility for System Operations Control, Flight Operations, Airport Operations, and Information Technology. Mr. Sikora began his career loading baggage onto aircraft and progressed through several Information Technology roles in software development, project management, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and IT infrastructure design and support.
Mr. Sikora has a BS in Aviation Management with a concentration in Aviation IT from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Elected to the Snohomish County Council in November 2007, Brian Sullivan took office in January 2008. He is currently serving his second term in office. Brian represents the 2nd Council District, which covers the cities of Everett and Mukilteo, the Tulalip Indian Reservation, as well as areas of unincorporated Snohomish County. Brian chairs the Finance and Economic Development Committee. His priorities include: preserving affordable housing, alternative energy sources, aerospace and ‘common sense’ economic growth policy.
Before beginning his service at the Snohomish County Council he most recently served in the Washington House of Representatives as a State Representative from 2001 to 2007.
Executive Director for Snohomish County for Executive Dave Somers
Kendee Yamaguchi serves as an Executive Director for Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers focusing on trade and economic development. Her background includes experience working in federal, state and city government. She has served as a Director in the Office of Management and Administration at the White House, an Assistant Director for the Department of Commerce, Assistant Attorney General, and a state agency cabinet member. She has also worked for the City of Seattle managing the cable franchises, television station, community technology program and web team. She has experience working as a television executive for one of the world’s largest networks, a staff member in the Legislature, and a corporate attorney.
Yamaguchi is a former Commissioner for the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, board member of the Intiman and Washington State Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public communications with a minor in international affairs from American University. She is also a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (PPIA) and earned a juris doctorate from the Seattle University School of Law.
Capital and Endowment Director
Executive Director for MIT Sloan’s Office of International Programs
David Capodilupo is the Executive Director for MIT Sloan’s Office of International Programs. His portfolio includes established collaborations with Masters Programs and academic institutions within Malaysia, China, Korea, Lisbon, India, Moscow, Turkey, Taiwan and Brazil. David also initiated and manages the MIT Sloan Latin America Office in Santiago, Chile. David was appointed Executive Director of the MBA and Masters of Management Studies Programs prior to his managing MIT Sloan’s International Portfolios.
Prior to MIT, David held Senior Vice President positions at Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments in operations, sales, and marketing functions. His responsibilities included brokerage services, family office, shareholder and 401(k) client services, and trust operations.
David also founded Aspen Concepts, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in environmental investments with the Chinese Government, and TribeHive, LLC, a firm focusing on software development for executive training and placement.
David is a former MIT Sloan School North American Executive Board member, a member of The Boeing 727 Prototype Restoration Team, Museum of Flight. He is an Academic Board Member of the Global Business School Network, Washington, D.C., and a previous Board Member of the MassArt Foundation.
360 Hotel Group
Shaiza Damji is Managing Director for the 360° Hotel Group and has held senior positions for the group since 1999. As Managing Director, she oversees operations, sales, financing and capital improvements of the group’s hotels.
Shaiza graduated from Yale University with a BA in History. She then attended Harvard Law School where she received a JD law degree. She practiced international corporate law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York before returning to the West Coast to join her family's hospitality business.
Shaiza previously served as the Chairperson of the Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association and was a board member of the Seattle Hotel Association for several years. She currently also serves as a Trustee of the UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. She is also a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.
BT&E Human Resources Director
The Boeing Company
Jo Drake leads the Human Resources team that partners with the 747 and 767 programs, 747/767/777 Engineering and Everett site Human Resources Service Delivery. Prior to this role, Jo led the Engineering, Operations and Technology Human Resources Strategy and Functional Excellence team and provided Human Resources leadership for the Environment, Health and Safety organization. Before joining Boeing, Jo was a Senior Operations Manager with the Seattle Times newspaper where she was responsible for hiring, employee development, leadership programs and performance excellence. Jo has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Antioch University and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Jo is also a volunteer mediator and facilitator with the Federal Executive Board as well as a volunteer mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties.
Senior Advisor to WSU President Dan Bernardo
North Puget Sound at Everett
Previously, Bob served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The PSRC was formed in 1991 by the local governments in the central Puget Sound region as a forum for making key decisions on regional growth and transportation issues. The PSRC serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties and cities. The PSRC supports the work of the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District through a merger that took effect in 2003.
Bob Drewel completed his third and last term as Snohomish County Executive in December 31, 2003. He was first elected to that position in November 1991.
Bob is well known for his leadership in promoting regional solutions to the many challenges facing the Northwest, including economic development, effective land-use regulation, transportation, and environmental enhancement. In his twelve years of public service, Bob has successfully worked to build partnerships between the often-contending interests of the private and public sectors ... partnerships that are based on shared visions for a healthy and vigorous community.
Within Snohomish County, he has helped build community partnerships as a board member of the Economic Development Council, Healthy Communities Initiative, United Way, Snohomish County Tomorrow, Snohomish County Needs Assessment Project, Economic Investment Plan, SnoNet and City/County Task Force on Criminal Justice.
Other civic involvement includes the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Rotary, Everett Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YWCA, Deaconess Children's Services, YMCA and numerous other community projects.
Bob is past president and member of the executive board of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the former chairman of Sound Transit.
Bob is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Everett Community College.
Bob is a 1970 graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in history.
Melanie S. Jordan
Founding Board President 2004- 2005
Chief Operating Officer
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
Melanie is the Chief Operating Officer at PNAA, the region’s premier trade organization connecting aerospace interests to enhance global competitiveness. Representing over 200 members regionally and additional aerospace firms from around the globe, PNAA delivers; market intelligence, trends and analysis on the industry, serves as a catalyst for collaboration within the supply chain and provides executive networking platforms fostering business relationships. Melanie provides leadership in mapping the present day course and future of PNAA.
Community Service: Melanie was part of the leadership team that created the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, serving as Founding President of the Future of Flight Foundation, which proudly celebrated its 10th Anniversary in December, 2015. She’s an adviser to Historic Flight Foundation, a private pilot, and a consummate promoter of STEAM education to “everyone” who will listen.
Past President 2006, 2007
VP/GM 747/767/777 - Retired
The Boeing Company
John Quinlivan was vice president and general manager of the 747, 767 and 777 Programs, and the senior executive responsible for the Boeing facilities located in Everett, Washington.
Quinlivan was honored as the 2002 Corporate Executive of the Year by the Everett, Washington Chamber of Commerce. In 2004 Quinlivan received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Gonzaga University.
Quinlivan retired from Boeing in 2005, and is back as a Consultant.
Daniel "Dan" Rahkonen
Project Manager – 767 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
The Boeing Company
In 2004, Dan was assigned as the Boeing Project Manager for the formerly named National Flight Interpretive Center (NFIC). Working closely with Snohomish County Airport, The Museum of Flight and the nascent foundation, the NFIC became the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. This partnership brought forward a unique experience for visitors from around the world. In early 2006, Dan was elected to the Future of Flight Foundation Board of Directors, serving as President from 2008-2010.
Dan, just off KC-46 Tanker Program assignment, currently works in project management for the 767 Program. From 2000-2009, he served as the 767 Military Derivatives leader in Boeing Commercial Airplanes Program Management Office. He worked closely with Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Washington DC Office, Corporate, and within Commercial Airplanes on variations of 767 military platforms for strategic and tactical purposes. From 2009 to 2011, Dan worked assignments on the 747-8 Program, 787 Program, and in Supply Change Management Organization.
Founder and Former President
Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
Bill Stafford is the founder and former president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and has held senior leadership roles in local government, business and nonprofit organizations. Bill has significant experience in government policy formulation, management and lobbying and is a recognized leader in facilitating and strengthening international trade and business relations in the Pacific Northwest.
While working in the Seattle municipal government, Bill developed the city’s intergovernmental relations office, one of the country’s first systematic initiatives to combine metro, state, federal and international government relations under one roof. He chaired the network of lobbyists and the Urban Consortium, a group focused on urban research. Bill also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy assessing its local government relations and programs.
Bill has received numerous awards and recognition, including selection by the Hong Kong government for its VIP program, serving as economic adviser to the mayor of Chongqing, China, receiving the Order of the Lion from the president of Finland, and consulting the World Bank on a technical assistance project in Haiphong, Vietnam.
Bill’s community service includes serving on the boards of the Museum of History and Technology, Future of Flight, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Burke Museum, the Woodland Park Zoo and many others. He is a member of the Washington State Economic Development Commission, and has served on the Economic Development District, District Export Council, State Community Development Advisory Board, Port Jobs, CIBER Advisory Board and Visiting Committee and the University of Washington. He is on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for the Seattle Community College System.
People Engagement Program (PEP) Committee, Chair
Past President 2015
Louise Stanton-Masten is the former Executive Director of the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), a statewide organization focused on promoting and developing the Washington State tourism industry. Before joining the WTA in 2012, Louise served as President/CEO of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and as business development director of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. Prior to that, she founded and managed a planning and public policy consulting firm providing services to local, regional and state government clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Louise has been a Snohomish County resident since 1983 and lives in Lynnwood, WA. In addition to serving on the Institute of Flight Board of Directors, Louise is on the Board of Directors of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra.
Louise has a B.S. degree from the University of Vermont, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management.