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Norm Dicks a native of Bremerton, Washington, was elected to Congress in November 1976. Educated in Bremerton-area elementary and schools, Rep. Dicks graduated from the University of Washington in 1963. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1968 and later that year joined the staff of Senator Warren G. Magnuson. He served as Legislative Assistant until 1973, when he became the Senator's Administrative Assistant. He resigned from that post in early 1976 to begin
what was a successful campaign for Congress in Washington State's 6th Congressional District, and he has been re-elected in every election since that time.
Craig Gannett is the chair of the Jackson School Advisory Board, and a guest lecturer at the School. After graduating from the UW law school and serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein, he joined Senator Jackson's staff in 1981 as Counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In 1985, Craig joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he practices in the fields of energy, natural resources, and climate change. He serves on the firm's Executive Committee and is a co-chair of its Energy Practice Group, Climate Change Practice Group, and Governmental Relations Practice Group. He is also a Vice President of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
Bill Glassford is an international banker and has run banks in Manila, Hong Kong, and Taipei. He currently is engaged in consulting to and recapitalizing community banks in the PNW. He serves on the boards of the Japan America Society and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, as well as on the Advisory Board of the World Affairs Council. He is a past president of the Washington State China Relations Council.
H. L. (Skip) Kotkins Jr. is Chairman and CEO of Skyway Luggage Company. Skyway manufactures travel goods products in Asia and sells to retailers in many countries. Skip is a member of an Industry Trade Advisory Committee which advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and United States Trade Representative on trade policy. He is a past Chair of the Washington Council on International Trade, 2011- 2012 Chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and is a director of ABM Industries, the largest facilities services company listed on the NYSE. Most importantly, many years ago Skip's wife Jackie was a
Husky Cheerleader, and Skip fondly remembers Scoop Jackson as a family friend.
Jim McDermott is serving his 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. McDermott is the ranking member of its Trade Subcommittee and also serves on its Human Resources Subcommittee and its Oversight Subcommittee. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, was the first member of his family to attend college, and went on to finish medical school. After completing his medical residency and military service in the Navy, was elected to the State Legislature in
1970, the State Senate in 1974, and subsequently was re-elected three times. In 1987, after 15 years of legislative service, Rep. McDermott decided to leave politics and to continue in public service as a Foreign Service medical officer based in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), providing psychiatric services to Foreign Service, Agency for International Development, and Peace Corps personnel in sub- Saharan Africa. When the 7th District Congressional seat for Washington state became open, he returned
from Africa to seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Stewart Parker joined IDRI as Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2011. Prior to IDRI, she served as the Commercialization Consultant for the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA), assisting emerging companies in their business planning, strategy, and fundraising. An entrepreneur, Stewart founded Targeted Genetics Corporation (Nasdaq: TGEN) in 1992, a Seattle-based biotechnology company formed to develop gene-based treatments for acquired and inherited disease. She held the position of President and CEO from the company’s inception until November of 2008. Prior to founding Targeted Genetics, Stewart held various positions at Immunex Corporation from 1981-1992, ending her tenure there as Vice President, Corporate Development and as President, CEO, and Board Member of Receptech Corporation. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for several for-profit and non-profit companies.
Laura J. Peterson, Vice President, NW State & Local Government Operations, Boeing Company
William T. Robinson, Attorney at Law
Sara Sandford is the owner of Garvey Schubert Barer Law and works with clients from around the world in all stages of establishing, acquiring and operating businesses across borders. She concentrates her practice on representing Japanese companies and individuals in their business activities in the United States and on advising U.S. clients concerning business activities in Japan, Canada and other Pacific Rim countries. Sara is the Diversity Officer for the ABA/Section of International Law. She has also served many
years as a leader of Garvey Schubert Barer's International Group and Business Group, and has served as the firm's Seattle Office managing director. Sara was the chair of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington in 2002-2003 and has served on the organization's board or in an executive capacity for more than fifteen years. She is a graduate of the Jackson School of International Studies with a focus on Japan.
Travis Sullivan is Vice President, International Strategy and Business Development, at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to joining Boeing, he worked in various capacities in the U.S. government including service as the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a senior policy advisor to Senator Maria Cantwell, and other roles in the Executive Branch. Travis earned a BA degree in International Studies from the Jackson School and in Political Science; a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Studies at George Washington University; and a Ph.D. in International Relations theory from The Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the Executive General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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Griffith Way is a native of Seattle. He received his education at the University of Washington with a BA in 1945, a LLB law degree in 1949 and a LLM in Japanese and Comparative law in 1968. In the practice of law between 1950 and 1995 he divided his time equally between Japan and the United States and focused principally on those aspects of Japanese law of concern to American and European companies doing business in Japan. He has written extensively on Japanese corporate and tax law and taught at the
University of Washington Law School. He has been associated in Tokyo with the law firm of Blakemore and Mitsuki since 1960.
Ronald Woods is an Affiliate Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Henry M Jackson School of International Studies and a former Executive Director of the Seattle World Affairs Council. He came to Seattle from a 30 year career in the Unites States Foreign Service. His posts included Brussels, Oslo, Madrid, Strasbourg, Paris, Rome and Cairo. His last assignment was as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in London. In Department of State, he served on the staff of Under Secretary George Ball and as staff director for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
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