Today Mayor Jenny Durkan announced her nominee for the Director of the Seattle Office of Economic Development, Bobby Lee.
Mr. Lee currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Portland. Prior to his service with the City of Portland, Bobby served in the Office of Governor Kate Brown as the Regional Solutions Coordinator, where he led an integrated team focused on solving the state’s economic and community development challenges. In addition to working in the private sector and for advocacy organizations, including Oregon’s largest workforce development agency, Mr. Lee also previously served on the City Council in Eugene, Oregon.
“As our City grows and faces unprecedented challenges on affordability, Bobby is the right person to lead the Office of Economic Development and help foster a strong, inclusive economy and promote true opportunity for all,” said Mayor Durkan.
“I am deeply honored to join the City of Seattle and Mayor Jenny Durkan’s team as the Director of Economic Development,” said Bobby Lee. “When I saw the Mayor’s recent State of the City address, I knew I wanted to work with her. Her vision to build an economy that is inclusive and widely shared is the same one I have spent much of my career working to achieve. I hope to be an agent of positive change for all of Seattle.”