Suzanne Dale Estey has over three decades of experience delivering results in economic development, intergovernmental relations, strategic communications and non-profit leadership. Suzanne is Principal of Dale Estey Partnerships, Strategy & Results, a public affairs consulting firm and among other clients, serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA).
Suzanne previously served as the President & CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, the only public-private partnership focused on expanding and diversifying the economy across King County and its 39 cities. Suzanne also served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Renton; Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Washington Mutual; State & Federal Government Relations Manager for the King County Executive; State Lobbyist for the City of Seattle; Federal Legislative Analyst for the Governor of Washington; Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at The White House and Pacific Northwest & Texas Program Director for Junior Statesmen, a civics education program for high school students.
Suzanne serves on multiple boards including The Junior Statesmen Foundation, the Community Center for Education Results/Road Map Project, the Seattle Colleges Advisory Council and the Renton Technical College Advisory Council, which she chairs, Seattle United Soccer Club and she is a Past President of the University of Washington Alumni Association board. Suzanne is also a member of the International Women’s Forum. She previously served on the boards of the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, the Washington Technology Industry Association, the Seattle and Renton Chambers of Commerce, the regional PSRC/Economic Development District, the Community Center for Education Results/Road Map Project and CityClub of Seattle.
Suzanne received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Politics from Whitman College, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington. A native of Seattle and K-12 graduate of Seattle Public Schools, Suzanne is an avid hiker, skier and traveler and she and her husband, Mike, are the parents of two young and active boys.