May 25, 2016

Challenge Seattle: How Seattle can Improve as a Global Metropolis

Seattle is one of the most innovative, vibrant, and diverse places in the world, where the creativity of our denizens knows no bounds. Exploring – as Jimi Hendrix and Macklemore have done with music, as Ethan Stowell and Tom Douglas are doing with food and as Dale Chihuly has done with glass and canvas – is what Seattleites have been doing since the Denny party first arrived in this corner of the country. From aviators to software engineers to retail pioneers to football players, we passionately pursue our dreams, often overcoming great odds to succeed…

Christine Gregoire is well-known throughout our state, for her career in public service. An advocate for education, jobs and reform, through her role in the state attorney general’s office and governor’s office, Gregoire has a deep passion for the state of Washington and securing its future. Currently, she serves as CEO of Challenge Seattle, an initiative working to address issues that our region faces, which will determine our future, for our economy and for our families. We want to build on our history and focus on making improvements that will enable our continued growth and transformation, while maintaining our quality of life.

John Wenstrup is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group.  John founded BCG’s Seattle office in 2012 and has led the firm’s West Coast Technology group and Global Software practice during his 22 year career advising technology CEOs and other senior leaders.  Since starting the Seattle office, John has been actively engaged in regional economic development efforts and is working closely with Challenge Seattle.

Day Chair, Roy Mann, Rotary Board Member 2010 – 2012, Chair of Rotarian Malaria Partners 2010 – 2011, Program Chair 2009 – 2010. Mann founded Roy Street Group in 2013 as a commercial real estate consulting firm focused on generational local family businesses. Roy Street Group is a thought leader, coalition builder, and real estate advisor that specializes in strategic portfolio analysis and development consulting. The firm has built its mission around thoughtful Seattle growth and the retention of our long-term family business cultural fabric, with clients ranging from the C.D. Stimson Company to the Dunn Lumber Company.