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Steve Ballmer

Co-Founder, Ballmer Group

Steve Ballmer Co-Founder, Ballmer Group

Steve Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group, founder of USAFacts, and chairman of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor. Through philanthropy, impact investing, and civic activism, Ballmer Group strengthens promising and proven approaches that increase economic mobility for children and families in the United States. Steve also leads USAFacts, a not-for-profit initiative organizing government data from over 70 sources to show how the money flows and its impact, to help ground our public debates in fact and equip citizens to hold government accountable.

Steve became Microsoft’s CEO in 2000, having served for 20 years in leadership roles, after starting as the company’s first business manager. During his tenure at Microsoft, the company pioneered personal computing and democratized enterprise computing, growing from a small start-up to a company that today employs more than 110,000 people. With Steve as CEO, Microsoft grew to almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the United States.

He grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Company as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft. He lives with his wife, Connie, in the Seattle, Washington area.

Doug Baldwin

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin Former NFL Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin, a self proclaimed nerd and geek, graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in (STS) Science, Technology and Society. After spending 8 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, he retired in 2019. Today, Doug is focused on family, business and his philanthropic work.

Ana Mari Cauce

President, University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce President, University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce is the 33rd president of the University of Washington where she has been a member of the faculty since 1986. A graduate of the University of Miami and Yale University, she is a noted scholar on risk and resilience among adolescents and has received numerous awards for her research as well as the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Before becoming president in 2015, she served as chair of the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Psychology, as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as provost, the University’s chief academic officer. In 2008, she played a key role in establishing the Husky Promise, a program that has helped more than 40,000 low-income students attend the UW. Since becoming president, Cauce has put a spotlight on the UW’s work in Population Health across the University, launched the University’s Race & Equity Initiative and been a champion for ensuring the UW and public higher education across the country remain accessible and affordable for all students. As president, and throughout her tenure, she has worked to advance the University’s mission of serving the public good by focusing on the UW’s impact on the lives of the people in Washington and throughout the world.

Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

Brad Smith President, Microsoft

Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.

Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, first spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was named Microsoft’s general counsel and spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and companies across the tech sector. This past decade, Smith has spearheaded the company’s work to advance privacy protection for Microsoft customers and the rights of DREAMers and other immigrants, including bringing five lawsuits against the U.S. government on these issues.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was an associate and then partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic organizations and in the broader technology industry. He has served on the Netflix board of directors since 2015 and chairs the board of directors of both Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.

Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer). He earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. He can be followed on Twitter @bradsmi and LinkedIn at bradsmi.

Chief Carmen Best

Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department

Chief Carmen Best Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department

Chief Carmen Best assumed the role of Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department on August 13, 2018.

Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 27 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

Chief Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Chief Best serves as the Chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCRC) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and is on the IACP Board of Directors. She is also co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF), and a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA). Additionally, Chief Best is on the Trustee Board for Lakeside School, the Visit Seattle Advisory Board and the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. She is the Leadership Council Chair for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Seattle, and serves on the St. Jude Advisory Council for Seattle.

In 2015, Chief Best received the “Newsmaker of the Year” award from the Seattle Black Press. In 2019, she received the “Vision from the Mountaintop” award from Urban Impact for her commitment to justice and community. She was also awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals for accomplishments in their field and dedicated contributions to society.

Manny Medina

CEO, Outreach

Manny Medina CEO, Outreach

Manny co-founded Outreach in 2014 and now serves as CEO. Prior to Outreach, Manny was employee number three on Amazon’s AWS team, and led the Microsoft mobile division from launch to $50M in annual revenue. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Manny is a model of vulnerable and transparent leadership to his employees, from his heartfelt weekly email to his employees, to the traditional Friday get- together where the whole company shares their highs and lows of the week. He is a proponent of saving the planet by consuming less and purchasing second-hand whenever possible (he might be the only CEO to take the stage at industry events in shirts purchased from Goodwill). Manny grew up in Ecuador and now lives with his wife and three children in Seattle.

Amy Bohutinsky

Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

Amy Bohutinsky Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

Amy Bohutinsky is a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), focusing on late-stage consumer tech investments. An experienced operator and brand builder, she most recently spent nearly 14 years in leadership roles at Zillow Group, beginning as a founding team member at Zillow in 2005, and serving first as Chief Marketing Officer, then Chief Operating Officer, growing Zillow from unknown startup to a household name. In 2018 she joined Zillow Group’s Board of Directors and stepped away from her operating role.

Today, Amy serves on the boards of Zillow Group (Nasdaq: Z, ZG) and Gap, Inc (NYSE: GPS). She previously served on the boards of HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb in 2019) and Avvo, Inc (acquired by Internet Brands in 2018).  In 2017 and 2018, Amy was named “Most Powerful Woman in Real Estate” on the Swanepoel Power 200 List.

Previously, Amy ran communications for Hotwire.com (acquired by Expedia, Inc in 2003) and began her career as a broadcast journalist, reporting for ABC and NBC affiliates in Virginia and Florida.  Amy lives outside Seattle with her husband, two kids and a dog, and can be found at @amybo and medium.com/@amybohutinsky.

Dave Limp

SVP, Amazon Devices and Services

Dave Limp SVP, Amazon Devices and Services

Currently SVP, Amazon Devices and Services, Dave Limp has been at Amazon since March 2010. He has overall responsibility for development, sales and operational aspects of Amazon devices and the services behind them, including Echo and Alexa, Fire TV, Kindle, and Fire tablets.

Prior to Amazon, Limp served as Venture Partner of Azure Capital Partners for four years. Before Azure, he served as Chief Strategy Officer of Palm, where he was responsible for corporate development, business development and applications. From July 1997 to August 2002, Limp served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Liberate Technologies. Limp started his career at Apple Computer, he held various positions from 1987 to 1996, the last of which was Director of the North and South American PowerBook division.

Limp has B.S. degrees in computer science and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. degree in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

President & CEO, DreamBox Learning

Jessie Woolley-Wilson President & CEO, DreamBox Learning

Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students.    Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. Today, DreamBox serves more than 3 million K-8 students and over 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2018.

Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.    Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.

Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education, and she has been honored as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education and The New York Times featured Jessie in their Corner Office column. Regionally, Jessie has received multiple accolades for her leadership, including, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category, GeekWire’s 2019 Big Tech CEO of the Year award, and the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” award.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.

Mark D. Okerstrom

President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.

Mark D. Okerstrom President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.

Mark D. Okerstrom is President and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) which operates a portfolio of over 200 of the world’s leading online travel sites and related travel services across 75 countries around the globe including Expedia, Hotels.com, Expedia Partner Solutions, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, CheapTickets, ebookers, CarRentals.com, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wotif, Egencia, HomeAway and trivago.  Okerstrom is a member of the Board of Directors of Expedia Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of trivago N.V. (NASDAQ: TRVG).

Prior to his appointment to the position of President and CEO in August 2017, Okerstrom served as Expedia Group’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all aspects of finance, corporate strategy, M&A, and Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform Group.  He first joined the company in 2006, and in 2009 he was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development and Strategy where he led Expedia Group’s global M&A activity around the world.  In 2011 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and added all Global Finance functions to his areas of responsibility.  In 2014 he was elevated to the position of EVP of Operations and CFO, adding oversight of Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform team to his remit.

Prior to joining Expedia Group, Okerstrom was a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and San Francisco, and worked for UBS Investment Bank in London.  Prior to that, Okerstrom practiced as an attorney with the global law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

Okerstrom earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School and holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of British Columbia.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representative, Washington's 7th District

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Representative, Washington's 7th District

Elected in 2016, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her second term in Congress representing Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. She is the first South Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of only 14 naturalized citizens currently serving in the United States Congress.

Congresswoman Jayapal is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, and on the House Education & Labor and Budget Committees. She is also the elected Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which represents approximately 40% of the entire Democratic caucus; the Immigration Subcommittee Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific Asian Caucus; and a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus.

In Congress, Representative Jayapal has been a leader on immigration, including fighting the Trump Administration’s inhumane policies of separating children from their parents and crafting legislation to help expand legal immigration to America. She has also championed legislation to address income inequality, such as the $15 minimum wage and expanded collective bargaining rights for workers.  She has worked extensively on healthcare issues as the lead sponsor of the Medicare for All bill in the House, and she is the author of the College for All Act, which would ensure every American has access to higher education.  She has authored other landmark pieces of progressive legislation including the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act and the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.  She has also prioritized legislation to transition our economy to 100% clean energy and address the crisis of climate justice.

Prior to serving in elected office, Congresswoman Jayapal spent twenty years working internationally and domestically in global public health and development and as an award-winning national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights. She spent almost a decade working on global health and development for the international nonprofit organization, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), and spent 12 years as the founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica, the largest immigration advocacy organization in Washington State and one of the largest in the country.

Representative Jayapal was born in India, grew up in India, Indonesia and Singapore, and came to the United States by herself at the age of 16 to attend college at Georgetown University. She later received her MBA from Northwestern University, worked in a number of industries in both the public and private sector, and published her first book in 2000, Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland.

She is married to Steve Williamson, a long-time labor leader and strategist, and is the proud mother of a gender non-conforming child Janak, step-son Michael, and 65-pound labradoodle, Otis.

Dr. Leroy E. Hood

SVP & Chief Science Officer, Providence Health Services

Dr. Leroy E. Hood SVP & Chief Science Officer, Providence Health Services

Dr. Leroy E. Hood graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1964 with an MD and from Caltech with a PhD in biochemistry in 1968. After three years as a Senior Investigator at NIH, his academic career began at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer, and the protein synthesizer and sequencer–four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping and understanding of the human genome. A pillar in the biotechnology field, Dr. Hood has played a role in founding fifteen biotechnology companies including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Integrated Diagnostics and Arivale. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of   Engineering, and the Institute of  Medicine. Of the more than 6,000 scientists world-wide who belong to one or more of these academies, Dr. Hood is one of only fifteen people nominated to all three. Dr. Hood has co-authored numerous textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, as well as a popular book on the human genome project, The Code of Codes and he is just finishing a text on systems biology. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Lasker Award for Studies of Immune Diversity (1987), the Kyoto Prize in advanced technology (2002), the Heinz Award for pioneering work in Systems Biology (2006), and the coveted NAE 2011 Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize for developing automated DNA sequencing. In addition to having received 17 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Hood has published over 850 peer-reviewed articles and currently holds 36 patents. In 2013, he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama. Hood has been named by The Best Schools as one of the 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today (2014). Scientific American has named Hood as one of the top 6 in their selection of 100 biotech visionaries world-wide (2015).

Eugenio Pace

Co-Founder & CEO, Auth0

Eugenio Pace Co-Founder & CEO, Auth0

Pace co-founded Auth0 in early 2013 with CTO and “brother-in-arms” Matias Woloski while living 7,000 miles apart. Since then, Pace has played an instrumental role in growing Auth0 into a leading identity management company that is loved by developers and trusted by global enterprises. With more than 7,000 customers spanning 70 countries, and securing 2.5 billion logins per month, Auth0 is a trusted global brand that is relied upon for making identity simple and protecting the data of its customers and their users.

Pace has spent his entire professional career easing the developer journey by creating industry-standard tools, content, and services for cloud-based computing, mobility, and identity. Prior to Auth0, he spent more than a decade at Microsoft, leading product management and engineering teams that provided architecture guidance and services that increased developer joy. He has also co-authored several books on cloud computing and identity management.

Pace holds a master’s degree in computer science and a degree in electrical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires. He loves traveling and has visited more than 35 countries for business and pleasure. He currently lives in Redmond, Washington with his wife, two sons, and their labrador retriever. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, rowing, riding bikes, spending time with his family, restoring his 1970 Karmann Ghia, writing his blog, and reading history and philosophy.

Dan Lewis

Co-Founder & CEO, Convoy

Dan Lewis Co-Founder & CEO, Convoy

Dan Lewis is co-founder and CEO of Convoy, the leading nationwide trucking network and platform. Before Convoy, Dan served as General Manager of New Shopping Experiences at Amazon, as well as Vice President of Product and Operations at Wavii (acquired by Google), and Group Product Manager at Microsoft. Dan started his career in technology and supply-chain consulting for Oliver Wyman, after studying cognitive science at Yale University.

Dr. Jennifer Adair

Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Adair Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Adair is a scientist in Fred Hutch’s clinical research division. Her work focuses on gene therapy, which uses people’s genetic information to design treatments and therapies for various diseases, including cancer and HIV. Her ultimate goal is to make the treatments accessible and affordable worldwide. Her team has developed several technologies including portable gene therapy, which can facilitate manufacture of genetically modified blood stem cells that are as good or better than those manufactured in highly specialized clean rooms, and gold nanoparticles to passively deliver genetic edits to blood cells. Dr. Adair is also a strong advocate for understanding risk versus benefit in the ethical application of these technologies.

Dr. Adair has a B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University.

Rohit Chopra

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Rohit Chopra Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Rohit Chopra was sworn in as a Federal Trade Commissioner on May 2, 2018.

Commissioner Chopra has actively advocated to promote a fair and fully-functioning marketplace through vigorous agency enforcement that protects families and honest companies from those that break the law. During his tenure at the FTC, he has pushed for aggressive remedies against lawbreaking companies, especially repeat offenders, and has worked to reverse the FTC’s reliance on no-money, no-fault settlements.

After the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Chopra joined the Department of the Treasury to launch the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He then served as Assistant Director of the CFPB, overseeing the agency’s student loan agenda. The Secretary of the Treasury also appointed him to serve as the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, a new position established in the financial reform law.

In these roles, he led efforts to spur competition in the student loan financing market, develop new tools for students and student loan borrowers to make smarter decisions, and secure hundreds of millions of dollars in refunds for borrowers victimized by unlawful conduct by loan servicers, debt collectors, and for-profit college chains.

Chopra later served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education to advance the Department’s efforts to improve student loan servicing, reduce unnecessary defaults, and bolster enforcement. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, where he focused on consumer protection issues facing young people and military families, and a Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

Commissioner Chopra is the recipient of multiple awards for his public service and contributions to the field of consumer finance. Prior to entering government, Chopra worked at McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, where he worked in the financial services, health care, and consumer technology sectors.

He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.

Chad Robins

Co-Founder & CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Chad Robins Co-Founder & CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Chad Robins co-founded Adaptive Biotechnologies in September 2009 and has served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors since incorporation. Prior to co-founding Adaptive, Chad held numerous executive-level positions in medical technology, investment and real estate companies. Chad holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Managerial Economics from Cornell University.

Dr. Shannon McWeeney

Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, OHSU

Dr. Shannon McWeeney Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, OHSU

Dr. Shannon McWeeney is a Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Head of the Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She serves as  Associate Director for Computational Biomedicine at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Director of Translational Bioinformatics for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.   In 2010, she was selected as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the US National Academy of Sciences. Her work is at the intersection of computer science, biostatistics, genetics and medicine to develop approaches to solve research bottlenecks, as well as novel ways to visualize and interpret information, with an emphasis on patient stratification and therapeutic prioritization.  In addition, she has a career-long commitment to data sharing and patient engagement. She served as a member of the Enhanced Data Sharing working group for the NCI Blue Ribbon Panel for White House Moonshot Initiative. Since 2013, she has led the computational and modeling effort for the Beat AML consortium, comprised of 11 academic medical centers and 11 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, focused on new approaches to support precision oncology.

Luke Larson

President, Axon

Luke Larson President, Axon

As President of Axon, Luke is responsible for leading the company’s day-to-day operations and overseeing all aspects of the company. Luke joined Axon in 2008 and has filled a variety of executive and management roles since then, becoming President in April 2015. Prior to joining Axon, Luke served two tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer and was awarded the Bronze star with V for valor on his first tour. Luke graduated from University of Arizona on an NROTC scholarship and has an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Heather Redman

Co-Founder, Flying Fish Partners

Heather Redman Co-Founder, Flying Fish Partners

Heather is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Yesler, Inc., Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (immediate past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, Forterra and as a Regent of the Washington State University.  She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coalition, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate and as a mentor at Techstars. Heather is also very active in local and national policy. Prior to her current roles, Heather was Executive and Senior Vice President at each of Indix, Summit Power, Atom Entertainment, Getty Images and PhotoDisc and General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company. Heather’s law degree is from Stanford and her BA is from Reed.

Kyle Quinn

Senior Vice President & CTO, PACCAR Inc.

Kyle Quinn Senior Vice President & CTO, PACCAR Inc.

KYLE QUINN joined PACCAR in 2005 and is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to this role, Mr. Quinn was PACCAR Senior Vice President and General Manager, Peterbilt Motors, responsible for the Division, as well as PACCAR Engine Company.

Prior to his General Manager role, Mr. Quinn served as Senior Vice President and CIO, responsible for the Information Technology Division, PACCAR Technical Center, Dynacraft and Winch Divisions. Mr. Quinn also held positions as Vice President and CIO and several roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining PACCAR, Mr. Quinn was with Boeing for 19 years in Engineering and Information Technology positions. Mr. Quinn holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from Seattle University. He is married and has two daughters. He enjoys boating, golf and time with his family.

Christie Lagally

Founder & CEO, Rebellyous Foods

Christie Lagally Founder & CEO, Rebellyous Foods

Christie Lagally is the founder and CEO of Rebellyous Foods. Christie is a mechanical engineer with nearly 20 years of engineering experience and the holder of five patents in manufacturing technology. She spent much of her career in the aerospace industry working on commercial airplanes and spacecraft in testing, design, and manufacturing, and she served as the project manager for a $10M R&D effort for the 777X wing manufacturing unit at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  Christie served as a Senior Scientist for the Good Food Institute uncovering the technical barriers in the development of plant-based meat and clean (i.e. cultured) meat. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Organizational Psychology and Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Alex Garden

Chairman & CEO, Zume

Alex Garden Chairman & CEO, Zume

Alex Garden built Zume Inc. with a vision to fix our slow and broken food system. Starting with delivery pizza’s $44B per year industry, Alex founded Zume Pizza in 2015—a testing ground for his food logistics concept that redefined the preparation and delivery of food. While crafting and delivering artisan pizza for the past three years, Zume has built a fleet of patented Food Delivery Vehicles, constructed a robotic commissary kitchen, designed predictive AI, and created a patented pizza pod. Now, Zume has expanded beyond Zume Pizza, helping companies accelerate their food supply chain. Before founding Zume Inc., Alex served as the President of Zynga and General Manager at Microsoft, where he led several teams including Xbox LIVE, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and the Entertainment Advertising business.

Kristine Ashcraft

CEO, YouScript

Kristine Ashcraft CEO, YouScript

Kristine Ashcraft, B.S., MBA is a molecular biologist by training and is CEO and founder of YouScript. She has worked in the precision medicine space since 2000 and was recently named one of the 25 leading voices in precision medicine. Kristine has authored multiple publications on the clinical and economic benefits of pharmacogenomic testing including one lauded as one of the most influential publications at an AMIA meeting. She has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NBC Nightly News and has spoken at SXSW, ASHG, and numerous precision medicine conferences. She is committed to being a catalyst in the adoption of precision medicine.

Matthew Trunnell

Vice President & Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Matthew Trunnell Vice President & Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

As Fred Hutch’s first chief data officer, Matthew Trunnell works to enhance the impact of the organization’s research-data assets through engineering, stewardship, and data-centered collaborations. Trunnell leads the Hutch Data Commonwealth, a team of software and data engineers who develop data-intensive research capabilities and infrastructure to support data science at the Hutch, the Cascadia Data Alliance and other regional partnerships. The HDC also focuses on training, community development, and strategic partnering.

Prior to becoming the CDO, Trunnell served as Fred Hutch’s vice president and chief information officer, overseeing enterprise and scientific computing services. Trunnell earned a B.A. in geological and geophysical sciences from Princeton University and a M.S. in physical oceanography from the University of Washington.

Shyam Gollakota

Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW

Shyam Gollakota Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW

Shyam Gollakota is an Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington as well as the co-founder of multiple startups including Jeeva Wireless, Sound Life Sciences and Edus Health. He leads the UW Computing for Health group that designs various sensing and computing technologies for in-home medical diagnostics including sleep apnea, cardiac arrest, ear infections, opioid overdoses as well as infant monitoring using smart speakers and phones. He is the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and the SIGMOBILE Rockstar award. I was named as Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, Popular Science ‘brilliant 10’, CNN visionaries 2020 and twice to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. His research has earned awards at top computer science venues including SIGCOMM, MOBICOM, NSDI, SenSys, UbiComp and CHI, and appeared in inter-disciplinary journals like Science Translational Medicine and Nature Digital Medicine and named a MIT Technology Review Breakthrough technology of 2016 and Popular Science top innovations in 2015.

Amira Valliani

Co-Founder & CEO, Glow

Amira Valliani Co-Founder & CEO, Glow

Amira is the co-founder and CEO of Glow, which is building the Shopify for podcasts, starting with providing the easiest way for listeners to pay podcasters directly. She founded Glow after creating a local news podcast about the city council election in her town, and grew frustrated by the options for monetizing. Previously, Amira served as a communicators adviser in the Obama White House and as a speechwriter for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She holds a BA from Yale, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Seattle, is a Bay Area native., and enjoys scuba diving.

Luke Timmerman

Founder & Editor, Timmerman Report

Luke Timmerman Founder & Editor, Timmerman Report

Luke Timmerman is an award-winning journalist who has been covering biotechnology since 2001. Before founding Timmerman Report in 2015, Luke wrote about the industry for a regional newspaper (The Seattle Times), a global financial publication (Bloomberg News), and an online startup (Xconomy). Luke’s first book, “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age” was called a “must-read” by Forbes, and named one of the “100 Best Indie Books of 2017” by Kirkus Reviews.

Luke was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview in 2015. He has won a number of reporting prizes, including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, the Association of Health Care Journalists Award, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) award, and has twice been named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. Luke earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997, and during the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Outside of work, Luke enjoys running, family camping trips, and mountaineering. He reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet/8,848 meters, on May 22, 2018. Luke’s Climb to Fight Cancer campaigns have raised $1.9 million for cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.

T.A. McCann

Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs

T.A. McCann Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs

T.A. McCann, managing director at Pioneer Square Labs, is an entrepreneur, investor, athlete and coach who has had a hand in building companies that have sold to Google and Blackberry. He was founder and CEO of Senosis (acquired by Google), Gist (acquired by Blackberry) and Rival IQ, a leader in marketing analytics.  Previously, he was an EIR at Polaris Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital where he built Vulcan Labs and Providence Health Services, focused on quantified health ideas and investments.  He also held senior roles at Microsoft leading Exchange and the Mobile Services divisions.  In addition to his own startup experience, he is an active angel investor in companies including SkillJar, CreativeLive, Assist, Migo and Vendor Hawk and on the board of Guidant Financial, Volt Athletics, and Splash.org.  He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and active TechStars mentor.  Prior to his startup career, he was a professional sailor having competed in 2 America’s Cups (won one, lost one) and the Whitbread Round the World race. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where he attended on a full swimming scholarship.

Amanda Cuda

Medical Director, 98point6

Amanda Cuda Medical Director, 98point6

Amanda Cuda joined 98point6 in 2017 as one of the first practicing clinicians. She joined the team after 16 years on active duty in the U.S. Army during which time she completed her medical education, as well as clinical and leadership roles in Hawaii, Georgia, Washington, Alaska, and Afghanistan (in support of OEF). Her passion is developing and sustaining the “life in medicine” by cultivating physicians from all specialties and all stages of their career. This passion led to her current role as Medical Director at 98point6 in 2018 with a vision to build a 98point6 clinic and culture that draws from concepts in occupational health, employee engagement, and people management theory to form the optimal clinician experience. She also lives out this passion by serving in the US Army Reserves as a USUHS faculty member, educator, and recruitment director. Amanda is a family physician who earned a BS in biology from Wheaton College (IL), her MD from the Uniformed Services University, her MPH at UW, and a faculty development fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center. A wanna-be homesteader, she lives in Gig Harbor with her husband, Scott, who is a pediatric urologist in the Army, their four amazing kids, and a sweet black lab.

Hope Cochran

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Hope Cochran Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Hope was the CFO of King Digital, the creators of Candy Crush.  At King she not only led the company through an IPO and acquisition to Activision, but became a rockstar Candy Crush player. Prior to that she was the CFO of Clearwire through it’s sale to Sprint in 2013 and the founder of her own company, SkillsVillage which she went on to sell to PeopleSoft.

In 2013 Fortune named her to the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming and in 2018 Women’s Inc named her Most Influential Corporate Directors.  She is a lifelong supporter of YoungLife, and has passion for the arts. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Music/Opera from Stanford University.

Hope is currently a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, as well as on the Board of Hasbro, Inc, MongoDB, Inc and New Relic, Inc.

Charlene Li

Author, The Disruption Mindset

Charlene Li Author, The Disruption Mindset

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including her newest release, The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail, and Open Leadership as well as co-author of the critically-acclaimed book, Groundswell.

Charlene is an entrepreneur who founded and ran Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group.

With over 20 years of experience in tech and business, she has been a respected advisor to Fortune 500 companies on digital transformation and leadership. Charlene also serves on the regional board for YPO, a global network of CEOs.

Charlene is a sought after public speaker and has appeared at events ranging from TED and the World Business Forum to SxSW. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS NewsHour, and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Associated Press.

Charlene was named one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators by Inc., and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company. Charlene graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco.

Sarah Masoni

Director, Product & Process Development, OSU Food Innovation Center

Sarah Masoni Director, Product & Process Development, OSU Food Innovation Center

Sarah Masoni is the Director of Product and Process Development at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center (FIC). Located in Portland, Oregon, the FIC is one of 13 experiment stations across the state affiliated with the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU.

Sarah has dedicated her career to food entrepreneurship and development. She works as a liaison between the university and the food manufacturing industry transferring valuable information to start ups that require guidance to get their new concept going.  Over the course of her career, she’s helped literally 1,000’s of entrepreneurs realize their vision by helping them develop foods that are market-ready, including household names such as Salt & Straw, Bob’s Red Mill, and Keto Pint.

Sarah and her team work on projects ranging from local and natural ice creams, candy, snacks, dairy products, beverages, ocean and seafood products, acidified foods, natural and vegetarian items,  pet food and treats, sauces, dry mixes and organic fruit and nut bars.   Sarah is also a recognized flavor specialist with strong relationships with ingredient vendors and flavor companies, and regularly serves as an official judge for local and national product evaluations.

A former artisan Cheese Maker, Sarah is a current member of the Specialty Food Association, Oregon Dairy Industries, and the American Cheese Society.   Sarah has been invited as an Official Judge for the ACS Annual Cheese Competition, for the American Dairy Goat Association, as well as the Specialty Food Association Annual SOFI Awards and the Good Food Awards.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Food Science from Oregon State University.

Sarah was recently featured in the New York Times article “Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods”  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/dining/sarah-masoni-food-designer-oregon-state.html

Sarah was also featured on CBS Sunday Mornings with Jane Pauley “Tastemaker: Food designer Sarah Masoni’s million-dollar palate” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tastemaker-food-designer-sarah-masoni-million-dollar-palate/

Sarah has a live broadcast radio show on Friday mornings with her co-host Sarah Marshall of Marshall’s Haute Sauce, called “Masoni and Marshall, A Meaningful Marketplace” which airs Fridays at 9:00 am on www.startupradionetwork.com

Megan Quinn

General Partner, Spark Capital

Megan Quinn General Partner, Spark Capital

Megan Quinn is a General Partner at Spark Capital, focusing on growth investments. She specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies. Prior to joining Spark in 2015, Megan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she led a number of the firm’s early-stage and growth consumer investments. Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products, she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences. Before her tenure at Square, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in marketing, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and launch of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products. Megan received her degree in Political Science and History from Stanford University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Leslie Alexandre

CEO, Life Science Washington

Leslie Alexandre CEO, Life Science Washington

Dr. Alexandre is President and CEO of Life Science Washington, an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association whose mission is to stimulate life science innovation, job creation and ecosystem vibrancy across Washington state through engagement, collaboration, promotion, and advocacy. She is a 30-year veteran of the life science and health care industries. Her background includes leadership roles in companies ranging in size from startup to Fortune 500, the National Institutes of Health and prominent research institutions.

As President and CEO of the internationally renowned North Carolina Biotechnology Center from 2002-2007, Dr. Alexandre led the development and execution of an extremely successful strategic plan for growing the economy statewide through biotechnology.

Dr. Alexandre previously served as Assistant Director of Industrial Relations for the National Cancer Institute, led corporate affairs for Oncormed, served in senior health policy positions for two U.S. senators, and was the primary liaison between EDS and the Washington, DC health policy community.

Dr. Alexandre is the recipient of numerous business awards and other honors, and has extensive experience serving on corporate, academic and non-profit boards

Corey Schmid

General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures

Corey Schmid General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures

Corey is a General Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, leading the digital health portfolio for investments including, Cricket Health, Bright.md, Amplion Inc, and Enlitic.  She is also a trusted executive innovation advisor and board member to regional healthcare systems, industry consortiums, and startups as a venture capital partner and mentor backing brilliant entrepreneurs looking to create their next big thing; across the Western region.  Prior to joining the ranks of venture, Corey most recently spent 8.5 years as a Business Director for several products and medical device divisions at Philips Healthcare, spanning locations from Bend, Oregon to Vienna, Austria.  She scaled up small acquisitions for the corporation, helped with turnaround, product-line divestiture, business growth strategy, new market penetration, and overall general management for stand-alone facilities.

Kevin Kajitani

Co-Director, Avatar Division, ANA Holdings

Kevin Kajitani Co-Director, Avatar Division, ANA Holdings

Kevin is passionate about improving the world through technology and innovative business models. He has played a central role in the launch of multiple initiatives within ANA including their cause-related “Blue Wing” program and the airline’s crowdfunding platform. Kevin is also a prize developer behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE which won top honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit and officially launched at SXSW in 2018. Currently, he is the Co-Director of the newly-establish Avatar Division at ANA Holdings. A native of Seattle, Kevin graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Washington with a degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics and began his career as an aerodynamics engineer on the 787 program before relocating to Japan.

Laura Mangravite

President, Sage Bionetworks

Laura Mangravite President, Sage Bionetworks

Lara Mangravite, PhD, is President of Sage Bionetworks. This organization is focused on the development and implementation of practices for large-scale collaborative biomedical research. Our work is centered on new approaches to scientific process that use open systems to enable community-based research regarding complex biomedical problems. Previously, Dr. Mangravite served as Director of the Systems Biology research group at Sage Bionetworks where she focused on the application of collaborative approaches to advance understanding of disease biology and treatment outcomes at a systems level with the overriding goal of improving clinical care. Dr. Mangravite obtained a BS in Physics from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacogenomics at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Amanda Enstrom

Chief Product Officer, Amplion

Amanda Enstrom Chief Product Officer, Amplion

As Chief Product Officer at Amplion, Amanda brings 20 years of experience in biomedical R&D, including supporting drug discovery across all phases of development. Amanda believes that new approaches to standardized data handling, data mining, and data visualization techniques can accelerate precision medicine. Her passion for the field of Immuno-Oncology dates back to her doctoral work in combinatorial peptide library approaches to synthetic antibodies, but her specific interest is in bringing biomarkers from early development into validated clinical use using integrated data analysis and cross-platform biomarker discovery.
Prior to joining Amplion, Amanda served as the Senior Director, R&D at Tempest Therapeutics, as a Director at Aduro Biotech, as a Senior Scientist at Bavarian Nordic, and as a Project Scientist at UC Davis Medical Center. Amanda taught biology for 7 years as a faculty member at CSU Sacramento. And she earned a PhD in Immunology from UC Davis.

Luc Delany

CEO, International Social Games Association

Luc Delany CEO, International Social Games Association

Luc Delany is the CEO of the International Social Games Association, the global trade body of the social games industry. Luc also runs Delany & Co, advising technology companies on a plethora of public policy issues. Luc is a former Policy Executive of Google and Facebook. He is a Fellow of the British American Project and sits on the University of Maastricht External Advisory Board of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Sarah Leung

SVP & General Counsel, Aristocrat Digital

Sarah Leung SVP & General Counsel, Aristocrat Digital

Sarah Leung is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Aristocrat Digital, a group of video game companies comprised of Big Fish Games in Seattle and Product Madness in London. Prior to Aristocrat, Sarah was a business attorney at RealNetworks, Inc., where she focused on streaming mobile video products and services. Prior to RealNetworks, she was an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP. She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2001, and her B.A. in American Studies from Williams College in 1998. Sarah currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Seattle Country Day School. Previously, Sarah served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Denise Louie Education Center, a multicultural early learning and family support organization for low-income families. She has mentored numerous young women and men through mentorship programs at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, King County Bar Foundation Future of the Law Institute, Seattle Central Community College, Asian Bar Association of Washington, and Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Seattle.

Kristina Hudson

Executive Director, OneRedmond; Washington Interactive Network

Kristina Hudson Executive Director, OneRedmond; Washington Interactive Network

For over 15 years, Kristina Hudson has been a champion for interactive entertainment and technology companies in our region. Her expertise is making sure our businesses have what they need to grow and to expand. As Executive Director of Washington Interactive Network (WIN), Hudson established programs that received two international awards and that are used as a model for establishing technology hubs and industry clusters around the world. Currently she serves as Executive Director of OneRedmond and WIN. Both organizations are committed to growing our local economy by working with businesses, education, government, and communities to ensure that our region continues to remain a leader in innovation and technology.

John Cuddihy

SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Scientific Games Corporation

John Cuddihy SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Scientific Games Corporation

John Cuddihy is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Scientific Games Corporation.  Before joining Scientific Games, Cuddihy was a partner with several leading U.S. law firms, where he resolved complex commercial disputes for multinational companies.  Cuddihy holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Joe Sigrist

SVP & General Manager, DoubleDown Interactive

Joe Sigrist SVP & General Manager, DoubleDown Interactive

Joe Sigrist is Senior Vice President & General Manager of DoubleDown Interactive.  Prior to DoubleDown, Sigrist held several executive positions at International Game Technology (IGT), a multi-national gaming company including Senior Vice President of Global Product Development & Operations. Sigrist boasts over twenty years of experience in executive management in technology companies such as Polycom and Avaya.  Sigrist holds an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science also from Santa Clara University.

Dr. Alice Chen

Vice President, Accelerator

Dr. Alice Chen Vice President, Accelerator

Dr. Alice Chen has been a vice president at Accelerator since 2017. She initially joined Accelerator in 2013 as a principal to support portfolio company operations and to provide executive oversight of preclinical development activities across the portfolio.  She is actively involved in sourcing and scientifically evaluating emerging biotechnology investment opportunities, and has played an instrumental role in the formation and oversight of several Accelerator portfolio companies, including Acylin Therapeutics, Magnolia Neurosciences, Nemean Pharma, and Rodeo Therapeutics.

Dr. Chen has more than 15 years of research and drug development experience, principally in small molecule therapeutics.  Before joining Accelerator, she served as a scientific consultant and drug development project leader for several venture-backed biotechnology companies.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Technologies at Qwell Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed biotechnology company developing novel, small-molecule drugs focused on cancer and inflammation.  She also contributed to partnership and M&A initiatives.

Dr. Chen completed her doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Chaitan Khosla at Stanford University where she focused on protein engineering and protein characterization. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.  She served as an Engineering Fellow at Merck & Company and is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program (Class 19).  Dr. Chen currently serves on the boards of the Evergreen Fund Advisory Committee for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and Life Science Washington, the state’s life science trade association.

Marilyn Strickland

President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Marilyn Strickland President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Marilyn Strickland is the president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Recognized by leaders throughout the Seattle metro area for her strategic, collaborative, and forward-thinking style, Strickland champions a regional approach to address our most pressing issues, including economic opportunity, housing affordability, and transportation. She is the first person of color and second woman to hold this role in the 137-year history of the organization.

During her tenure, the Chamber has launched a podcast, is incubating the Housing Connector which links landlords and private property owners to those in need of housing, leads regional business expansion and retention efforts in King County, is taking a proactive approach to business advocacy and media relations, and was named one of Seattle Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work for 2019.

Strickland previously served two terms as Mayor of Tacoma, where she forged new ground in transportation, education, workforce training, international investment, and economic development. Prior to elected office, she held marketing communications positions in both the private and public sectors.

She now serves on the steering committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and is a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and Annie Wright Schools. She serves on the boards of Seattle City Club, the National Development Council and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Strickland holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University.

Nirav Shah

Co-Founder & CEO, Sentinel Healthcare

Nirav Shah Co-Founder & CEO, Sentinel Healthcare

Nirav Shah is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sentinel Healthcare, a digital health company providing the first comprehensive remote monitoring solution for hypertension. A practicing neurologist, he formerly served as the stroke director of Swedish Neuroscience in Seattle, the largest stroke program in the Pacific Northwest.

Nirav was inspired to create Sentinel based on his experience treating patients who suffered heart attacks and strokes caused by uncontrolled blood pressure. He received a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University, and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Miami and his fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Anthony Bontrager

Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Anthony Bontrager Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Anthony Bontrager co-leads the WestRiver Group Pacific Northwest Fund and serves on the boards of WRG portfolio companies Viewpath, Wicket Labs, Tectonic Audio Labs, Igneous Systems and PTO Exchange.  He is a board observer for The Riveter and a strategic advisor to Madrona Venture Labs.

Before WRG, Anthony founded Soda Media, Inc., a strategic advisory firm for a number of family offices in the Pacific Northwest managing select venture investments, such as Make.TV, Pendrell, Mindbloom and ContentGuard. He was President of Onecast, a mobile video news aggregation platform launched via Craig O. McCaw’s Eagle River Investments and was co-founder and CEO of IPTV transport provider BroadstreamCommunications, where he negotiated $36 million in capital and infrastructure funding from various investors, including the world’s largest satellite operator, Intelsat.

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Seattle University.

He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Interactive Media Peer Group, and was a co-author of Washington State’s Wireless Siting Policy.

Laurel Buckner

Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Laurel Buckner Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Laurel Buckner co-leads the West River Group Pacific Northwest Fund and serves on the Board of TeraGo (TSX:TGO) in Toronto, Canada.

Before WRG, Laurel was Senior Vice President, Managing Director of ATN Ventures, where she focused on value creation through investments in new technologies and business models that benefited ATN’s operating subsidiaries in the US and abroad.  Before founding ATN Ventures, Laurel created and ran  GCI’s corporate venture fund and was on the Board of the  Blue Box Group (sold to IBM); Telesphere, (sold to Vonage); and ZipWhip.

Laurel has extensive experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions; she was previously a lead M&A attorney at Dell and the General Counsel of SonicWALL, a network security company based in San Jose, California (sold to Dell.)  She began her career at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, Washington.  Laurel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Colorado College with Distinction, a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, and an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Washington.

She is an active member of the  National Association of Corporate Directors.

Kiran Bhageshpur

Co-Founder & CEO, Igneous Systems

Kiran Bhageshpur Co-Founder & CEO, Igneous Systems

Kiran Bhageshpur is CEO and cofounder of Igneous Systems, where he aims to take his 20 years of systems development experience at both startup companies and large enterprise vendors to redefine how elastic, cloud-like services can be delivered at a scale appropriate for the customer premises. Prior to Igneous Systems, Kiran served as VP, Engineering for the Isilon Storage Division of EMC through its growth to over $1B per year in revenue. Prior to the acquisition by EMC, Kiran held several company leadership positions through Isilon’s rapid growth from $100M per year in 2008. Prior to Isilon, Kiran led engineering teams at Questra (now part of Parametric Technology), Lucent Technologies, and Latitude Communications (acquired by Cisco). Early in his career, Kiran was an engineer at ABB-Systems Controls. Kiran received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas, Arlington.

Kiran has also spent close to two decades whitewater kayaking at all levels and has navigated multiple Class V rapids throughout the world.

Schedule

Say goodbye to the viaduct! The GeekWire Summit kick-off party brings together attendees at the historic headquarters of real estate company Flyhomes, located on Seattle’s newly-revamped waterfront with wonderful views of the Great Wheel. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Moderated by Todd Bishop

Carmen Best, Chief of Seattle Police Department; Luke Larson, President of Axon; and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th Congressional District; Moderated by Monica Nickelsburg

Amira Valliani, CEO, Glow; and others to be announced later

Luc Delany, CEO, International Social Games Association; Sara Leung, SVP & General Counsel, Aristocrat Digital; Kristina Hudson, Executive Director, OneRedmond & Washington Interactive Network; John Cuddihy, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Scientific Games Corporation; Joe Sigrist, SVP & General Manager, DoubleDown Interactive

Moderated by Todd Bishop

Moderator: Amy Bohutinsky, Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures; Megan Quinn, General Partner, Spark Capital; Hope Cochran, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Eugenio Pace, CEO, Auth0; Manny Medina, CEO, Outreach; Dan Lewis, CEO, Convoy

Moderated by Monica Nickelsburg

Moderated by Luke Timmerman, The Timmerman Report

Dr. Jennifer Adair, Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Panelists Nirav Shah, CEO, Sentinel Health; Shyam Gollakota, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington; Amanda Cuda, Medical Director, 98Point6. Moderated by James Thorne.

Panelists Kristine Ashcraft, CEO, YouScript; Amanda Enstrom, Chief Product Officer, Amplion; Leslie Alexandre, President and CEO, Life Sciences Washington

Panelists Matthew Trunnell, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute; Shannon McWeeney, Division Head, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine, OHSU; Lara Mangravite, President, Sage Bionetworks. Moderated by Alan Boyle.

Panelists Corey Schmid, General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures; Alice Chen, Vice President, Accelerator Corp.

Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President & CEO, DreamBox Learning

Alex Garden, CEO, Zume; Christie Lagally, CEO, Rebellyous Foods. Moderated by Sarah Masoni, Director, Product & Process Development, OSU Food Innovation Center.

Four finalists from the GeekWire Elevator Pitch startup competition face off in the final round of this fun series, presented by PACCAR. Moderated by John Cook.

Moderated by Taylor Soper.

Moderated by Todd Bishop.

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