Bill Stafford is a senior adviser at Nyhus Communications and the founder and former president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. He is a recognized leader in facilitating and strengthening international trade and business relations in the Pacific Northwest. He has held senior leadership roles in local government, business and nonprofit organizations and has significant experience in government policy formulation, management and lobbying. While working in the Seattle municipal government, he 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. Stafford chaired a network of lobbyists and the Urban Consortium, a group focused on urban research. He also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, where he assessed the department’s local government relations and programs. At the Trade Development Alliance, he organized 17 international leadership missions and nine domestic trips. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being selected by the Hong Kong government for its VIP program; serving as economic adviser to the mayor of Chongqing, China; and receiving the Order of the Lion from the president of Finland. Stafford earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and an MBA from Columbia University.