BOARD

The Business Alliance Board brings a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. As stewards of the Business Alliance mission they work collaboratively with members to guide PLAN Washington to results. 

 

Alan Crain, Board Chair

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Kitsap Bank

Alan is Executive VP and CFO at Kitsap Bank. He has worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years, previously serving as CFO of Seattle Bank and Cashmere Valley Bank. Alan is a member of the Washington Society of CPA's and sits on the Advisory Board of the College of Business at Central Washington University. Alan received his B.S. degree in accounting from Central Washington University in 1987 and a 1996 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington Graduate School of Business.

Rod Brown, Board Member

Cascadia Law Group PLLC

Rod practices environmental law at the Cascadia Law Group PLLC, which he founded in 1996. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Portland General Electric, a publicly traded utility. Rod created a number of real estate development partnerships that buy, clean, and redevelop contaminated "brownfield" properties. Rod has been active in the civic life of Washington State for many years. Recently, he was appointed to co-chair the Governor's Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce. He has long served on the Boards of environmental non-profits, including Washington Conservation Voters and the Washington Environmental Council. 

Michael Dunning, Board Member

Perkins Coie

Mike is a partner at Perkins Coie where he practices environmental law, representing businesses, governments and non-profits on contaminated sites, project development, environmental compliance, environmental litigation, clean water, clean air and a variety of other issues.  Prior to entering private practice, Mike served for 10 years as an assistant attorney general in the Washington State Attorney General's office where he represented the state's Department of Ecology on a broad range of environmental issues.  Mike also serves on the Boards of the Washington Trails Association and the Seattle Stand Down.

John Francisco, Board Member

Inland Power & Light

John is Chief of Energy Resources at Inland Power & Light, the largest member-owned electric cooperative in the state. He has served the members of Inland Power for over 21 years. He’s worked in every capacity beginning in Finance as a Plant Accountant, doing a ten year stint building the IT function at Inland, managing the construction of the headquarters to LEED Gold standards and now overseeing all power procurement, regulatory compliance, conservation, and government affairs.

David Giuliani, Co-Founder & Board Member

David is best known as the co-inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush and Clarisonic skin care system, and as the successful co-founder and CEO of both companies. David turned Sonicare into the fastest growing private company in the U.S. before selling it to Philips Electronics. He led Clarisonic onto the Inc. 100 list and sold the company to L’Oreal in 2011.

David was a featured speaker at the White House Conference on Corporate Responsibility, and recipient of awards from the Small Business Administration and Ernst & Young, among other recognition. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, and studied graduate-level electrical engineering and business at Stanford University. He is author of more than a dozen U.S. patents.

Greg Herlin, Board Member

CEO, ShYft Advanced Industries

Greg was named Seattle Business Magazine's “Executive of the Year for 2013.” He co-founded Cashmere Molding in 1991, and as CEO he lead Cashmere to rank in the Puget Sound Business Journal among the fastest growing private companies (2009 - 2012). Cashmere Molding lead the way in “onshoring” millions of dollars in injection molded plastics, winning numerous awards for its innovative approaches to automation and productivity. Building on 24 years of high volume manufacturing experience, in 2015, Greg became CEO of ShYft Advanced Industries which focuses on advanced materials and engineering to bring new products to life. 

Fred Jarrett, Board Member

Deputy Executive, King County

Fred oversees and directs the work of the Executive Branch, including its departments, operations, and policy development. He is head of the Executive Leadership Team and leads the Executive’s Reform Agenda, creating a single management system focused on improved performance and transparency for citizens and stakeholders. Previously a state senator, Jarrett served four terms in the state House of Representatives, after stints as Mercer Island Mayor and as a city council and school board member. Jarrett has also had a 35-year career at The Boeing Company.

Peter Schrappen, Board Member

Northwest Marine Trades Association

Peter likes to tackle big projects. Before his fifteen years in the world of politics, elections and lobbying, he operated a chuckwagon and cooked steaks for tourists in Yellowstone (under the moniker “Mesquite Pete”). For the past six years he has served as the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s VP and Director of Government Affairs. This 705-member association is the voice of the recreational boating industry in Olympia and around the state. He also runs the Clean Boating Foundation, which is a start up nonprofit that focuses on showcasing environmentally responsible boating products.

Mike Sotelo, Board Member

Consolidar

Mike moved to Seattle in 1985. At W.G. Clark Construction Mike started as a carpenter and worked his way up to become a partner and co-owner. Mike is a nationally recognized leader in workplace safety and workforce development and highly visible in the Pacific Northwest construction industry. After retiring in 2010, Mike launched Consolidar, a network to help build thriving Latino communities in Washington State focused on education, jobs, and healthy living.

Shannon Vetto, Board Member

Shannon consults for start-ups during funding rounds and financial firms breaking into new global markets, new products or looking to improve operating scale.

Previously, Shannon spent 19 years at Russell Investments building their financial footprint around the world. She spent time working in both Japan and Australia assisting with opening and growing their mutual fund distribution through the private banking arms of Bank of Tokyo, Mitsubishi, and ANZ bank, respectively. She was also member of the Russell Index Executive team that doubled their gross revenue in 6 years, expanded their presence across 3 continents and ultimately contributed to selling the private firm to the London Stock Exchange for $2.7 billion in 2015. She then integrated the two firm's UK and US operations before she left to start her own independent consulting.

 

STAFF

With connections to government, policymakers, and community the Business Alliance staff have the skills to help your business make a difference in Washington State. Please contact us to learn more.

 

Colleen McAleer, President

Colleen is President of the Port of Port Angeles. She previously served as the Port’s Director of Business Development. After challenging the status quo, she ran for office, and won to become the first female Commissioner in the Port's 91-year history.

At the Port, Colleen has spearheaded the Composite Recycling Technology Center, which has received tens of millions in private and public funding to create jobs in rural Washington. In June 2015, at the request of Senator Maria Cantwell, Colleen testified before the US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources about the composite program and it's beneficial economic, educational, and environmental impacts.

Prior to her work at the Port, Colleen led a successful commercial real estate practice. She is a decorated combat veteran who served 10 years in the US Army as a helicopter and fixed wing pilot and as a military intelligence officer. Colleen has a BS in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology. See more on Linkedin. 

 

Mike Hudson, Project Coordinator

Mike Hudson is Founder and Principal of U*R*Able, a company dedicated to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. He currently works on two projects in association with the Washington Business Alliance. 1) Great Minds @ Work focuses on employment opportunities and elimination of stigma for people living with mental and behavioral health challenges. 2) The Disability Employment Initiative to create a more demand-driven approach to hiring people with any disability.

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Hudson to his Disability Employment Task Force. He was previously appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on the Workforce Board and the Rehabilitation Council. Mike was also a member of the Education, Employment, and Training Committee of the US Chamber of Commerce and is Chair of the National Work Readiness Council.

As a mental health Certified Peer Counselor, Hudson also spends time as a member of the Bellingham’s Compass Health Crisis Prevention and Intervention Team.

 

Jene Jones, Education Policy Advisor

Jene (‘Jenna’) is passionate about connecting students with learning opportunities and the many pathways to prosperity in WA. Meaningful learning creates contributing members of communities and our WA economy. Jene holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching, and has taught pre-school through high school. She understands the K-12 system, and works at the state capitol on policy to push education to meet the individual needs of today’s students. By exposing students to career connected learning in middle school, and providing work based learning experiences in high school, we will close the skills gap. Bringing business voice and opportunities to the discussion assures WA is preparing our students for success and the jobs which will unlock our state’s potential.

 

Isaac Kastama, Director of Government Affairs

Isaac is a creative and entrepreneurial advocate for PLAN Washington in the halls of government. Through impactful research and smart digital communications, Isaac connects PLAN to businesses and policymakers. Isaac is a frequent speaker on competitiveness, environmental, and government reform topics. He co-founded Washingtonstatewire.com, an insider-read political news publication based in Olympia, and has a long track record of advancing the aim of bipartisan problem solving. Isaac holds a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College and is a graduate of the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business Executive Leadership Development Program. See more on Linkedin.

  

Hans D. Stroo, Communications & Public Affairs Manager

Hans manages the PLAN Washington online presence and is responsible for digital communications and policy analysis. Hans gets excited about sharing stories and data that shed new light on the challenges and opportunities facing Washington State’s businesses and institutions. He is the pointman on blogging, data & data visualization, newsletters, special reports, and social media. He is a resource on public policy and issues shaping quality of life in Washington State - with particular focus on rural economic development, exports, the ballot initiative process, and the community & technical college system. He holds a Master of Science degree in political science from Portland State University and a B.A. from Western Washington University. See more on Linkedin.

 

Kevin Tempest, Research & Development Scientist

Kevin joined the Business Alliance to provide analysis and insight for the Low Carbon Prosperity Initiative and related activities. He is a born and raised Washingtonian. Prior to joining the Business Alliance team, Kevin was a Staff Scientist in Climate and Energy topics at SEI-US in Seattle.  He completed a Master’s in Chemical Oceanography at the UW, and holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and International Relations from Lehigh University.

 

Erin Williams, Membership & Events Manager

Erin is the dynamic and friendly connection point for businesses seeking to make an impact in Washington State. She is the horsepower behind fantastic networking and educational events, and makes the membership signup and renewal process a breeze. Previously, Erin worked at the global health non-profit PATH, as a part of the Vaccine Access and Delivery department which focused on infectious disease clinical trials. Erin has a BA in communications and public relations from the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the fundraising committee for the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, and is a Governor Inslee Appointee to the Washington State Rehabilitation Council. See more on LinkedIn.

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