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!


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


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


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



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.


Policy Coordinator

Jon Okun is WCIT’s Policy Coordinator, and leads policy research, as well as social media management, and writes articles for our blog.  Jon’s curriculum vitae includes a research fellowship at the Middle East Institute as well as writing for the International Policy Institute. Jon has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the UW Jackson School of International Studies, where he focused on the economies of the Persian Gulf states. He has studied, worked, and volunteered abroad in Turkey, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Canada and more.


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.


Board Members

Susan Champlain, The Boeing Company (Chair)
Joe Ritzman, SSA Marine (Vice-Chair)
Paula Borhauer, Starbucks
Ryan Calkins, Port of Seattle
Marc Berejka, REI
Kelsey Garrett, The Boeing Company
Kristal Fiser, UPS
Matt Harris, Washington State Potato Commission
Bryn Heimbeck, Trade Tech Inc.

Eric Schinfeld, Port of Seattle
Bruce Figarson, Port of Everett
Harvey Jones, Waterstone Brands, Inc. (Treasurer)
Holger Mueller, Brooks Running
Ann Nagele, Perkins Coie LLP
Commissioner Clare Petrich, Northwest Seaport Alliance/Port of Tacoma
Ryan McFarland, Northwest Seaport Alliance

Matthew Reisman, Microsoft Corporation
Michael Punke, Amazon
David Roth, Amazon
Heather Ray, Wells Fargo Global Banking
Jayme Roth, Starbucks Coffee Company
Janset Sey-Iskin, Bank of America
Pallavi Wahi, K&L Gates
Kate Woods, NW Horticultural Council

*Board Alternates in Italics


Air Tiger Express
American Seafoods
Anderson Hay & Grain
Association of Washington Business
At Sea Processors
Banner Bank
Basta Boatlifts
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
Dry Fly Distilling
Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Eli Lilly & Company
Freezer Longline Coalition
Frontier North America, Inc
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
Manhasset Music Stands
Marine Exchange of Puget Sound
Marsh USA Inc
Microsoft Corporation
Minority Business Development Agency
Monument Policy Group
National Center for APEC
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 Waterways Association
Pacific Valley Foods
Perkins Coie LLP
Port of Everett
Port of Grays Harbor
Port of Longview

Port of Olympia
Port of Seattle
Port of Skagit
Port of Vancouver
Seven Seas Export
Shoreline Community College
SSA Marine
Starbucks Coffee Company
Trade Tech
UK Government Office, Seattle
United States Chamber of Commerce
UW Global Business Center
Visit Seattle
Washington Association of Wheat Growers
Washington Farm Bureau
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 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.