About WCIT

In Washington state, we depend on our global competitiveness. Trade – both exports and imports – paves the way for Washington-made goods and services to reach foreign markets, provides Washingtonians with products that raise our quality of life, and sustains family-wage jobs in numerous local industries.

International trade touches every corner of Washington state. Walla Walla wines are exported to Japan while Seattle retailers source clothes and shoes from Vietnam; Redmond software is used in France, Spokane lentils are eaten in India, and Everett-assembled airplanes fly around the world. It’s no surprise that 40% of Washington jobs are tied to international trade!

40%

WA Jobs tied to

international trade

But we could be doing even better…

Numerous trade barriers prevent Washington workers and employers from effectively competing globally and reaching their full potential. High tariffs (import taxes), unpredictable and discriminatory foreign regulations, harmful port policies, poor transportation infrastructure, and numerous other issues hinder Washington businesses’ success.

The Washington Council on International Trade is the only organization advocating for policies and investments to address these concerns. On behalf of its members – manufacturers, farmers, retailers, service providers and non-profits – WCIT advocates for pro-trade policies and investments that benefit Washington’s workers and employers.

WCIT works to…

Evaluate

Evaluate and share objective data on the impact of trade policies on Washington’s economy

Educate

Educate our local, state and federal elected officials about the benefits of strong international trade policies and investments to Washington employers and residents

Engage

Engage diverse stakeholders from across the state to drive policy changes that help them succeed in the global marketplace

OUR TEAM

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WCIT President

Lori leads advocacy efforts to increase Washington’s international competitiveness and oversees the management and growth of WCIT. She is also the founder and principal of LOP Strategies, where she helps clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and associations on public affairs, policy and communication. Lori previously held a variety of senior public affairs positions at Starbucks Coffee Company and Microsoft Corporation, and has served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senate leadership. She has a proven track record in advocacy and expertise in trade, technology, intellectual property rights protections, and transportation policy. Lori earned her her B.A. from George Washington University and studied international relations and political science in London and Madrid.

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WCIT Vice President

Ashley’s role at WCIT spans building partnerships and developing programs to managing communication and advocacy campaigns on trade policies that will benefit Washington’s workers and employers. Her past experience includes stints at the Washington State Department of Commerce, multiple nonprofits working on global development initiatives, a public relations firm, and the U.S. State Department. She has a Master’s degree from the UW Jackson School of International Studies, and a Bachelor’s of international political communication from Vanderbilt University. She has studied, worked and volunteered abroad in India, France and Thailand.

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Policy, Marketing, and Communications Manager

Danielle Holstein is the Policy and Communication Manager of WCIT. She is responsible for policy research and the organization’s communication strategies, including marketing, media relations, and community outreach. Danielle comes to WCIT with previous experience at the City of  Seattle, NOAA, and WSDOT.  She has a Master’s degree from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, where she majored in philosophy.

WCIT MEMBERS

Board Members

Commissioner Glen Bachman, Port of Everett
Marc Berejka, REI
Susan Champlain, The Boeing Company
Kelsey Garrett, The Boeing Company
Dorothy Dwoskin, Microsoft Corporation (Chair)
Kristal Fiser, UPS
Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle
Eric Schinfeld, Port of Seattle
Matt Harris, Washington State Potato Commission

Johan Hellman, BNSF
Harvey Jones, Waterstone Brands, Inc. (Treasurer)
Monty Montoya, SightLife
Holger Mueller, Brooks Running
Harry Barclay, Brooks Running
Commissioner Clare Petrich, Northwest Seaport Alliance/Port of Tacoma
Ryan McFarland, Northwest Seaport Alliance
Michael Punke, Amazon
David Roth, Amazon

Heather Ray, Wells Fargo Global Banking
Joe Ritzman, SSA Marine (Vice-Chair)
Jayme Roth, Starbucks Coffee Company
Eloise Hoover, Starbucks Coffee Company
Janset Sey-Iskin, Bank of America
Pallavi Wahi, K&L Gates
Kate Woods, NW Horticultural Council

*Board Alternates in Italics

Members

Air Tiger Express
Amazon.com
American Seafoods
Anderson Hay & Grain
Association of Washington Business
At Sea Processors
Basta Boatlifts
BNSF
The Boeing Company
Borton Fruit
Brooks Running
Brown & Haley
Chaves Strategies
Clark Nuber
Cocker Fennessey
Columbia Machine
Columbia River Economic Development Council
Community Attributes
Consulate General of Canada
Costco
Darigold
Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Eli Lilly & Company
Foster Pepper PLLC
Freezer Longline Coalition
Global Washington
Greater Spokane Incorporated
Highline College
Hilleberg the Tentmaker
James Farrell & Co.
JP Morgan Chase
K & L Gates LLP

Keep Washington Competitive
L’Ecole No 41 Winery
MacMillan-Piper
Manhasset Music Stands
Marine Exchange of Puget Sound
Marsh USA Inc
Microsoft Corporation
Minority Business Development Agency
Monument Policy Group
National Center for APEC
Nike
Nordstrom
Northwest Horticultural Council
Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Northwest Seaport Alliance
Pacific Lumber and Shipping
Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition
Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
Pacific Valley Foods
PATH
Perkins Coie LLP
PhRMA
Port of Everett
Port of Grays Harbor
Port of Longview
Port of Olympia
Port of Seattle
Port of Skagit
Port of Vancouver

REI
SanMar
Seven Seas Export
Shoreline Community College
SightLife
SSA Marine
Starbucks Coffee Company
Trade Tech
Trident Seafoods Corporation
UK Government Office, Seattle
United States Chamber of Commerce
UPS
UW Global Business Center
Visit Seattle
Washington Association of Wheat Growers
Washington Farm Bureau
Washington Grain Commission
Washington Mint Growers Association
Washington Public Ports Association
Washington Roundtable
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)
Washington State Department of Commerce
Washington State Potato Commission
Washington State University
Washington Trust Bank
Waterstone Brands Inc.
We Work for Health Washington
Wells Fargo Global Banking
World Trade Center Seattle

We’ve sourced our website pictures from real Washington businesses! Photo credits for this page: Sightlife, Port of Seattle, Washington State Potato Commission, Norfil, Manhasset Music Stands, and American Seafoods. 

Photo credits for our blog and newsroom pages: Washington State Potato Commission, Port of Seattle, Sightlife, Costco Wholesale, and Manhasset Music Stands.