The Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT) is the state’s premier organization advocating for trade and investment policies that increase the competitiveness of Washington state workers, farmers, and businesses. Our diverse membership includes small and medium-sized companies, Fortune 500 businesses and agriculture producers that together represent industries ranging from manufacturing, food, and retail to technology and science.

Washington State Jobs Tied to International Trade

WCIT Advisory Board


Susan Champlain

Director, The Boeing Company, Board Chair

Michael Punke

Vice President, Amazon

Courtney Wallace

Managing Director, BNSF Railway Co.

Bryn Heimbeck

Chief Executive Officer, Trade Tech Inc.

Matthew Reisman

Director, Microsoft Corporation

Commissioner Clare Petrich

Port of Tacoma

Janset Sey-Iskin

Senior Manager, Bank of America

Dorothy Dwoskin

D2 Strategies, Immediate Past Chair

Pallavi Wahi

Partner, KL Gates

Kate Tynan

Vice President, Northwest Horticultural Council

Ann Nagele

Partner, Perkins Coie

Commissioner Ryan Calkins

Port of Seattle

Commissioner Bruce Fingarson

Port of Everett

Jen Berg

Senior Manager, Starbucks

Melissa Nelson

Vice President, General Counsel, SanMar

Marc Berejka

Senior Director, REI

Joe Ritzman

Vice President, SSA Marine

Kristal Fiser

Director, State Government Affairs, UPS

Matt Harris

Director, WA State Potato Commission

Heather Ray

Vice President, Wells Fargo

WCIT Members


  • Air Tiger Express
  • Amazon
  • American Seafoods
  • Anderson Hay & Grain
  • Association of Washington Business
  • At Sea Processors
  • Banner Bank
  • Basta Boatlifts
  • BNSF Railways
  • The Boeing Company
  • Borton Fruit
  • Brooks Running
  • Brown & Haley
  • Cocker Fennessey
  • Columbia Machine
  • Columbia River Economic Development Council
  • Community Attributes
  • Consulate General of Canada
  • Costco
  • Darigold
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Dry Fly Distilling
  • Economic Alliance Snohomish County
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Freezer Longline Coalition
  • Frontier North America
  • Global Washington
  • Greater Spokane Incorporated
  • Highline College
  • Hilleberg the Tentmaker
  • James Farrell & Co.
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • K&L Gates
  • K2
  • Keep Washington Competitive
  • L’Ecole No 41 Winery
  • MacMillan-Piper
  • Manhasset
  • 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 Merchant Shipping Association
  • Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
  • Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
  • Pacific Valley Foods
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • PhRMA
  • Port Blakely
  • Port of Everett
  • Port of Grays Harbor
  • Port of Longview
  • Port of Olympia
  • Port of Portland
  • Port of Seattle
  • Port of Skagit
  • Port of Vancouver
  • REI
  • SanMar
  • Seven Seas Exports
  • Shoreline Community College
  • SSA Marine
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Trade Tech
  • UK Government Office, Seattle
  • U.S. Customs & Trade Law, PLLC
  • United States Chamber of Commerce
  • United Parcel Service
  • 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
  • World Trade Center Seattle

The WCIT Team


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Lori Otto Punke
President

Lori has served as President since 2016, leading the organization to drive trade and investment policies that increase the competitiveness of Washington state workers and businesses. Lori is also the founder of LOP Strategies. She previously held a variety of public affairs positions at Starbucks and Microsoft and also served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senate leadership. She is the current Chair of Seattle GenNext and a former member of the NASDAQ Public Policy Advisory Committee. Lori earned her B.A. from George Washington University and studied in London and Madrid.

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Danielle Holstein
Marketing & Communications

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.

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Angela Green
Events Manager

Angela Green, CMP is WCIT’s Event Manager and oversees all of our event and meeting planning from registration to logistics. Before WCIT, she has executed special events, conferences, heads of state dinners, black tie galas, roadshows, and award ceremonies. Angela has experience in international affairs specializing in Asia Pacific regions as well as in all major US markets planning for associations, government, non-profit and Fortune 500 companies. She has a B.S. from Michigan State University.

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Colleen Boetel
Administrative Assistant

Colleen Boetel joined WCIT in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. Her 20+ years in Accounting, Office Management, and Client Service make her an excellent fit for the team. With a degree in and an extensive background related to Office Management, she has experience in many areas of accounting, including billing, accounts payable and receivable and payroll for several types of businesses. Attention to detail and customer service are just a couple of her strong attributes.

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