Jeff has more than two decades of experience in economic development as a practitioner and consultant. This “hands-on” experience brings a deep understanding of how to structure high-functioning, competitive organizations. As a principal, Jeff leads TIP’s high-profile national consulting engagements and contributes to the strategic planning of the business. His client portfolio includes facilitating the Governor of Delaware’s Economic Development Taskforce that established a new public-private partnership for economic development, supporting the Detroit Regional CEO Group in a review of employer-led solutions to workforce challenges, and leading multiple phases of the State of Washington’s defense industry adjustment strategy. Prior to joining TIP in 2014, he was with the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County for a decade, first as executive vice president and COO and then as the president and CEO. During this time, he was active in statewide and regional organizations, including serving in leadership roles on the regional workforce council and a number of industry trade associations. His involvement with these groups, coupled with his corporate recruitment experience, gives him vital insights into the requirements of firms in a variety of industries. Jeff holds a law degree from the South Texas College of Law, a BA in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. An avid mountaineer, Jeff makes a point to carve out time to tackle some of the world’s most challenging peaks from his home base in the Seattle area.