CEO and Former Governor of the State of Washington | Challenge Seattle
Christine Gregoire is the CEO for Challenge Seattle, an organization comprised of 17 major international companies and non-profits located in the Seattle region. Challenge Seattle is providing leadership to ensure greater Seattle is one of the most innovative and globally competitive regions in the world.
Previously, Chris served for two terms as Governor of the State of Washington with a $32B biennial budget and over 60,000 employees. During her tenure she led the state in major reforms, management and budgeting to position the state as one of the most financially secure to come out of the "Great Recession". Prior to that, Chris served for three terms as Attorney General for the State. She was elected by her colleagues to lead both the National Association of Attorneys General and the National Governor's Association.
Chris has a proven track record of board service. She is serving her third year as Chair of the National Export-Import Bank Advisory Board, Chair of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Board, and a member of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center. She taught a semester on leadership in 2014 at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a frequently requested keynote speaker on leadership, governing, budgeting and management.
Her awards have included Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year, the Washington State Association for Justice President's Award, the Washington State Fire Chiefs "Hero" Award, and the Good Housekeeping Woman of the Year.
Chris holds a J.D. From Gonzaga University and a B.A. and teaching certificate from the University of Washington. She is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Management Program. Chris holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Washington and Gonzaga University.