Brian Surratt is President and CEO of Greater Seattle Partners, the region’s leading global marketing, economic development, and international trade and investment organization. Previously, he was Executive Director of LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Puget Sound, one of the country’s largest community development organizations, and recently launched the Housing Equity Accelerator with Amazon to support emerging developers of color in the region.
Prior to that role, Brian was a Vice President at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, one of the largest developers of life science and technology campuses in the nation’s leading urban innovation centers. Before joining Alexandria, Brian was the Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development where he successfully negotiated the agreement to redevelop Climate Pledge Arena, a new $1.2 billion music and professional sports venue at the Seattle Center and was the City’s policy lead for Seattle’s historic efforts as the first major city in the United States to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Brian has been recognized by the German Marshall Memorial and the White House Fellowship programs, as well as Seattle Met Magazine as one of “The 15 People Who Should Really Run Seattle” and Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. Brian is currently a board member of FareStart, Seattle Colleges District, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, the Seattle Center Foundation, Downtown Emergency Services Center, and Downtown Seattle Association. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Tulsa and his MPA from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Brian is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.