The Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT) is the states 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

Johan Hellman

Regional Assistant Vice President, State Government Affairs, BNSF Railway Co.

Bryn Heimbeck

Chief Executive Officer, Trade Tech Inc.

Matthew Reisman

Director, Microsoft Corporation

Commissioner Sam Cho

Port of Seattle

Dorothy Dwoskin

D2 Strategies, Immediate Past Chair

David Tang

Partner, KL Gates

Mark Powers

President, Northwest Horticultural Council

Ann Nagele

Partner, Perkins Coie

Commissioner David Simpson

Port of Everett

Jen Berg

Director, Starbucks

Commissioner John McCarthy

NW Seaport Alliance

Melissa Nelson

Vice President, General Counsel, SanMar

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
  • Columbia Machine
  • Columbia River Economic Development Council
  • Community Attributes
  • Consulate General of Canada
  • Consulate General of Japan
  • 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.
  • Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Koloušková, PLLC
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • K&L Gates
  • K2 Sports
  • Keep Washington Competitive
  • L’Ecole No 41 Winery
  • Lund Faucett
  • MacMillan-Piper
  • Manhasset
  • Marine Exchange of Puget Sound
  • Marsh USA Inc
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • Monument Policy Group
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Center for APEC
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Northwest Horticultural Council
  • Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance
  • North American Meat Institute
  • Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
  • Pacific Nord Import & Export LLC
  • 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
  • Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • 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 Retail 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
  • Western Washington University
  • World Trade Center Seattle
  • Affiliate Member: British-American Business Council

The WCIT Team

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Lori Otto Punke

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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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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Jim Desler

Jim has provided communications and writing support for WCIT since 2019.  Experienced in both corporate and government public relations, Jim served in several media and policy communications roles in his 17 years at Microsoft.  Prior to joining the technology sector, Jim worked in the Federal Government with roles at the Commerce and State Departments as well as serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Communications and leading Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration.  Jim is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and resides in Sammamish, Washington with his wife, teenage son and golden retriever.    

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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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