Jon Roberts Principal

Jon Roberts is an international leader in economic development and has overseen projects throughout the US, as well as in Europe and Asia. Jon provides strategic direction to communities and regions across the country. A hallmark of his work is recognizing the relationships between seemingly unconnected trends. He is able to communicate their relevance and offer clients a clear path of action.

In addition to being a practitioner in the field, he has prepared policy papers on national economic development strategy and the future of jobs, published articles on economic development marketing, and has written editorials for major newspapers. Jon is a sought-after speaker on economic development issues nationally and internationally.

Jon was formerly the Director of Business Development both for the State of Washington and then for the State of Texas. In these positions, he directed recruitment and investment and led international trade missions. Prior to working for the Washington Department of Trade, Jon was with the Oregon Technology Fund, where he was responsible for venture capital investments. He also managed two start-up companies: Fiberlite Composites and LifePort Inc., and worked with the Center for Entrepreneurial Ventures.

Jon was elected to the board of KMFA radio in Austin, Texas, and is active in the technology community. He maintains his ties to the Northwest and is a Fellow of the Washington World Affairs Council in Seattle. He has served on the boards of several start-up technology companies and on state task forces and gubernatorial committees. He has lectured in business at the University of Washington, the University of Texas, and was on the faculty at Marylhurst College in Portland, Oregon.

Email: jon@tipstrategies.com