Additions extend the Alliance’s influence and reach to strengthen Washington State’s cleantech industry through member collaboration, education and advocacy
SEATTLE; January 23, 2015 – CleanTech Alliance, the nation’s largest state-level clean technology industry association, added Brian Young and Keith VanderZanden to its Board of Directors, extending the association’s industry expertise, reach and influence. Young currently serves as Governor Inslee’s clean technology sector lead at the Washington State Department of Commerce and VanderZanden is a senior vice president at Wells Fargo Insurance Services.
“Brian Young and Keith VanderZanden will play important roles on the CleanTech Alliance Board as we continue to push industry growth through collaboration, education and advocacy,” said Stephen Gerritson, CleanTech Alliance Chairman and executive vice president of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County. “Their impact has already been felt across several focus areas and committees, especially our efforts to support the Clean Energy Fund legislation and extending our member healthcare services.”
Appointed by Governor Inslee in 2014, Brian Young is the primary point of contact for clean technology companies that want to navigate Washington State’s political and economic landscape. He focuses on developing a prosperous and varied cleantech industry sector based on the state’s existing strengths.
“CleanTech Alliance is the leading voice for clean technology in Washington State with a Board of Directors made up of distinguished leaders from across the industry sector,” said Young. “I’m honored to join them and help further our state’s strong cleantech economy.”
VanderZanden oversees the CleanTech Alliance Health Trust at Wells Fargo Insurance Services. The member healthcare program covers 150 participating companies and approximately 2,000 members, offering affordable and comprehensive benefit plans to participating member companies throughout Washington State.
“CleanTech Alliance members benefit from a variety of services made possible by the organization’s extensive size and reach, including the member healthcare program,” said VanderZanden. “Joining the Board of Directors allows me to better meet member needs through the CleanTech Alliance Health Trust and leverage Wells Fargo resources on behalf of the organization.”
The full Board of Directors member list is available on the CleanTech Alliance website.
About the CleanTech Alliance
CleanTech Alliance Washington is the largest state cleantech trade association in the nation, representing more than 300 businesses and organizations. Founded in 2007 by business leaders, the Alliance facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies, jobs, products and services to advance the state’s position as a leader in cleantech. The Alliance offers a range of business services and benefits uniquely designed to help businesses gain visibility, access services at a lower cost and benefit from public policy advocacy. Learn more at www.CleanTechAllianceWA.org.
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