The Washington Business Alliance is a statewide business organization that’s forward-leaning and issue-focused. Our mission is to help solve our state's most critical issues. By working collaboratively, we catalyze business leadership, bipartisan problem-solving, and data-driven strategies to get results for the people of Washington.
PLAN Washington is our guiding playbook. Its goals challenge Washington to become a top 5 state by the year 2025. Through PLAN Washington we:
In 2016 we will focus on advancing two critical issues in the PLAN: Low Carbon Prosperity, and Career & Technical Education.
The core of our membership is business, but through PLAN Washington we invite aligned individuals and partner organizations to join. All membership types receive event discounts and are eligible to be listed on the website. Business members are invited to join committees and projects and are considered members of the Washington Business Alliance.
Other benefits include: frequent communications on solutions to our state's most critical issues, invitations to participate in government affairs activities, broad exposure to business, NGOs and government, and opportunities for leadership roles in shaping PLAN Washington. The Business Alliance does not offer an association health plan or other member services that directly compete with chambers of commerce.
The Washington Business Alliance was founded in 2010 by David Giuliani, the co-inventor and CEO of the Sonicare & Clarisonic companies, and former Starbucks President Howard Behar. Frustrated by divisiveness and uneven progress in state politics, they imagined the results that could be achieved if we brought the best business methods and entrepreneurial thinking to the work of government. Committees of volunteer business executives began organizing to explore how best to influence the state in this direction. Modeled after the successful Oregon Business Plan from our neighbor to the south, the Business Alliance launched PLAN Washington in early 2014 at K&L Gates in Seattle.
At the Business Alliance:
Our values: understand, collaborate, innovate, activate, achieve.