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About Us

The Washington Aerospace Partnership exists to allow leaders from business, labor and local government to work together to support and grow the aerospace cluster in Washington state.

To do that, we will:
  • Sustain momentum in support of the Washington state aerospace industry
  • Assist in the development, maintenance and execution of the Washington State Aerospace Industry Strategy
  • Position the State to win the 777X and future Boeing programs
  • Grow the base: retain and help existing aerospace companies expand here
  • Aggressively recruit new companies around the world to locate here
  • Support the emergent industry subsectors such as unmanned aerial systems/vehicles, aviation biofuels, and commercial space exploration
Washington state has been a center of excellence in aerospace manufacturing and innovation for nearly 100 years; our goal is ensure our region remains the world leader for aerospace design, development and manufacturing for the next century.


Incorporated as a 501(c)4 non-profit in August 2012, the Washington Aerospace Partnership is led by:

Bob Drewel, Former Snohomish County Executive
Maud Daudon, Vice- President & Treasurer (Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce)
Jeff Johnson, Vice President (Washington State Labor Council)
Alex Pietsch, Secretary (Governor's Office of Aerospace, State of Washington)
Larry Brown (IAM 751)
Rich Hadley (Greater Spokane Inc)
Bruce Kendall (Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County)
Jeff Marcell (Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County)
Troy McClelland (Economic Alliance Snohomish County)
John Powers (Kitsap Economic Development Alliance)
Jonathan Smith (Grant County Economic Development Council)
Stan Sorscher (SPEEA)
Brian Bonlender (Washington State Department of Commerce)