Brian Bonlender Named Director of WA State Department of Commerce

Governor Jay Inslee announced that Brian Bonlender will serve as Director of the Department of Commerce.

Bonlender served as Inslee’s chief-of-staff and legislative director, running the congressman’s office and acting as his primary advisor on economic issues. He worked on legislation and policy in a range of industries including agriculture, life sciences, information technology, aerospace, maritime and clean energy. Bonlender brings nearly 20 years of public and private experience to his new post, including as a regulatory compliance consultant for industries across the state and as an advisor to a clean tech startup. Most recently, Bonlender served as director of Inslee’s transition team.

“Having worked with Brian over the years, we know him to be a strong advocate for Washington State industries and a good partner for the business community,” said Steve Mullen, president of the Washington Roundtable. “We are pleased to see Governor Inslee appoint a close and capable aide to direct the Department of Commerce. It sends a clear signal that job creation and economic growth will be the administration’s top priority.”

Source:  Governor Jay Inslee, Press Release, January 29, 2013.