Before joining TIP, Jeff Marcell served as the president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC). He was responsible for the organization’s mission of business and job creation, retention, expansion, and recruitment in King County. Jeff joined the EDC in July 2004, and during his tenure, rebuilt the organization’s client-based economic development program. He structured a new team of business development professionals targeting eight industry clusters: aerospace, financial services, fashion and apparel, IT, life science, clean technology, interactive media, and international business.
Prior to joining the EDC, Jeff was an economic development consultant with Angelou Economics in Austin, Texas, and a marketing executive in the Economic Development Division of the Greater Houston Partnership. He was responsible for retaining and recruiting corporate expansions and relocations by marketing and promoting the Houston region nationally and internationally. During his term with the Partnership, the organization brought in over 25,000 jobs to the Houston region with $3.4 billion in annual economic impact to the community.
In 2007 Jeff was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s "40 Under 40." In 2013 he received the MacArthur Award for Leadership from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Jeff also serves on the Executive Committee of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and as Chair of the Washington Economic Development Association. Additionally he is a founding Board Member of the Aerospace Futures Alliance. Jeff holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.