Advisory Board

David Alhadeff is a Private Wealth Advisor in the Seattle Goldman Sachs office bringing experience across multiple disciplines. Before joining Goldman Sachs, David was the founder and managing partner of Velocity Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on emerging companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to forming Velocity Capital, David was Vice President of Briazz, Inc., a national gourmet food company. David also served as the founder and President of Central European Business Information Services, a publishing company focused on business issues in Russia and Eastern Europe. David earned a BA from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies and received a MA from the University of London. As a fourth-generation Seattle resident, David maintains life-long ties to the Pacific Northwest, serving the community as a Legacy Advisor for Children’s Hospital, member of the Advisory Council and Investment Committee for the Seattle Repertory Theatre, a Community Ambassador at First Place, and member of the Investment Committee for the SAMIS Foundation.

Mark Callaghan is the CEO of Blue Sky Dry Cleaners, a “green” dry cleaner chain that uses environmentally friendly pressurized carbon dioxide and wet-cleaning technologies. He is also a venture capitalist. Mark is a long time season ticket holder for UW basketball and football.

Norm Dicks is a native of Bremerton, WA, who was elected to Congress in November 1976. Educated in Bremerton-area elementary and schools, Rep. Dicks graduated from the University of Washington in 1963 with a degree in Political Science. He later received his JD degree from the UW School of Law in 1968 and thereafter 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. He has been re-elected in every election since then.

Keith Ferguson is the Chief Investment Officer at the University of Washington in Seattle. Mr. Ferguson has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry, primarily working as a portfolio manager and research analyst. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ferguson worked for Fidelity Investments in senior investment roles, including Chief Investment Officer for the Asia-Pacific based in Hong Kong. Mr. Ferguson received degrees from Princeton University and the University of Washington.

Craig Gannett is currently 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 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 has been the head of Capital-Raising Campaign and Investor Relations at Regal Financial Bank since February 2010. Bill has more than 30 years of senior managerial experience in the banking industry. He previously worked as a senior vice president and manager at Bank of America. Bill is one of the longest serving members of the Jackson School Advisory Board. He has one son who just graduated from Lakeside High School. Bill attended Penn State and studied business. He then received his MA in Business from George Mason University. Bill has chaired many of the international non-profits in Seattle, including the China Relations Council, the Japan American Society, and the World Trade Council.

Henry (Skip) Kotkins, Jr. is the chairman and CEO of Skyway Luggage Company, a 95-year-old manufacturer and wholesale distributor of travel goods founded by his grandfather in 1910. After graduating from Lakeside School in Seattle, Skip earned a BA in American Civilization from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Skip is married to Jacqueline (Levin) Kotkins, a UW Drama alumna (BFA ’74), and they have two children. Skip and Jackie are passionate volunteers serving on many boards and committees in their community. He is currently a member of both the UW Business School Advisory Board and the Jackson School Advisory Board, a trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools in Washington and Lakeside School, and treasurer of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Skip is a member of an Industry Trade Advisory Committee that 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.

Donald Lorentz spent a year in Japan before joining the Air Force, and subsequently ran the Asian trade program for the state of Washington. Early in his career he worked as a high school teacher on Mercer Island. He then became director of the Economic & Trade Development at the Port of Seattle, but is now retired.

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, and was the first member of his family to attend college. After completing his medical residency and military service in the Navy, Jim 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 the Infectious Diseases Research Institute (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 is the Director of China Business Development and Strategic Integration for The Boeing Company where she explores and executes business development opportunities in China, Boeing’s largest commercial market. She will be working closely with Boeing’s team in China to help advance their strategic partnerships with Chinese government agencies, supplies, and other key stakeholders. She splits her time between Seattle and China. Peterson most recently served as vice president for State & Local Government Operations in the Northwest region where she led a team responsible for Boeing’s political and government activities in Washington and Oregon. Peterson also previously served as vice president for Business Development and Global Strategy.

William T. Robinson is a pilot, as well as an attorney with business in Russia. He is competent although not fluent in Russian. He owns his own law practice which serves clients in the USA, Asia, Russia, and other countries of the former Soviet Union. The firm specializes in international business law, trade and investment in Russia, privatization, and international dispute resolution. His wife, Katia Robinson, serves as his administrator. His son Eric is a 2005 UW International Studies alumnus with a focus on Russia. Bill is very involved with the Rural Development Institute (RDI) and is on their board. He has even done some fundraising for them.

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.

David Tang is the Managing Partner in Asia for K&L Gates. His law practice concentrates in the areas of foreign investment, cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions, and real property related transactions. He has more than 30 years of transactional experience in the Greater China market. Mr. Tang was managing partner of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP from 1995 – 1999. He is based in the Seattle and Beijing offices. Euromoney’s Guide to Leading Practitioners lists him as one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the area of M&A in China and Real Property. Mr. Tang is included in Best Lawyers and International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and was named the 2012 and 2013 Seattle Corporate “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. Among his activities, he is on the Council of The American Law Institute, the Boards of the Blakemore Foundation and the National Bureau of Asia Research, is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and was a former Chair of the Anglo American Real Property Institute and American Bar Foundation. He served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2002 – 2008 and as its Chair from 2006 – 2008.

Ronald Woods is a career diplomat and UW’s diplomat in residence. He teaches a class at UW on American Foreign Policy. Woods, who came to Seattle and the UW in 1992, was a Foreign Service Officer or diplomat for 30 years. His concentration is Europe and Atlantic policy. He has served in Rome, Paris, Strasbourg, Madrid, Oslo, Brussels, and London. Along with traveling and representing the U.S. government in foreign locations, Woods also worked in Washington, D.C., where he was director of staff and senior staff member for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. He is well connected in Seattle, heading up the World Affairs Council for a while.