Coalition:

Ben Minicucci
CEO
Alaska Air Group
Gerald E. Johnson II
EVP Health Equity & Chief Diversity Officer
American Heart Association
Dennis Vermillion
President & CEO
Avista
Kerri Schroeder
Seattle Market President
Bank of America
Erin Kilmer Neel
Executive Director & Chief Impact Officer
Beneficial State Foundation
Mark Suzman
CEO
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Stan Deal
President & CEO
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Steve Mitchelmore
Managing Director & Seattle Office Leader
Boston Consulting Group
Eric Zimpfer
Vice President
bp Cherry Point Refinery
Tony Christensen
President & CEO
Christensen
Craig Jelinek
President & CEO
Costco Wholesale
Elizabeth A. Cowles
Chairman
Cowles Company
Stan H. Ryan
President & CEO
Darigold, Inc.
Mark Mitchke
President & CEO
Delta Dental of Washington
Hilary Laney
Owner and CEO
Evia Events
Peter Kern
CEO & Vice Chairman
Expedia Group
Angela Dunleavy
CEO
FareStart
Jason Waxman
President
Fluke Corporation
Heather Redman
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Flying Fish Partners
Barbara Hulit
Senior Vice President
Fortive Corporation
Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., MD
President & Director
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Earl W. Overstreet II
President
GMI
Phyllis Campbell
Chair, Pacific Northwest Region
JPMorgan Chase
Susan Mullaney
President
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Matt Hill
Seattle Market President
KeyBank
Jeff Vincent
CEO
Laird Norton Company LLC
Bart D. Ricketts
CEO
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Tom Alberg
Managing Director
Madrona Venture Group
Dean Allen
CEO
McKinstry
Brad Smith
President
Microsoft
Brad Gray
President & CEO
NanoString Technologies
Steve McConnell
Managing Partner
NBBJ
Doug Bowser
President
Nintendo of America
Erik Nordstrom
CEO
Nordstrom
Tobin Booth
CEO
OneEnergy Renewables
Aric Coffman, MD
Executive Vice President
OptumCare Pacific Northwest
Will Daugherty
President & CEO
Pacific Science Center
Nikolaj Gilbert
President & CEO
PATH
Michael A. Senske
Chairman & CEO
Pearson Packaging Systems
Stan McNaughton
CEO
PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company
Julie Sandler
Managing Director
Pioneer Square Labs
René Ancinas
Chairman & CEO
Port Blakely
Jeffrey Roe
President & CEO
Premera Blue Cross
Mary Kipp
President & CEO
Puget Sound Energy
Mary Pugh
CEO & Chief Investment Officer
Pugh Capital Management, Inc.
Eric Artz
President & CEO
REI
Ryan Lawler
Area President Northwest Area
Republic Services
Craig Dawson
President & CEO
Retail Lockbox, Inc.
Michelle R. Seitz
Chairman & CEO
Russell Investments
Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.
President
Saint Martin's University
Clay B. Siegall, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Seagen, Inc.
David Bley
Interim CEO
Seattle Foundation
H.S. Wright III
CEO & Founder
Seattle Hospitality Group
Tod Leiweke
CEO
Seattle Kraken
John Stanton
Chairman
Seattle Mariners
Chuck Arnold
President
Seattle Seahawks, First & Goal Inc.
Adrian Hanauer
Majority Owner
Seattle Sounders FC
Alisha Valavanis
CEO & General Manager
Seattle Storm and Force 10 Sports Management
Eduardo Peñalver
President
Seattle University
Brad Jackson
CEO
Slalom
Kevin Johnson
President & CEO
Starbucks
David Dearie
President & CEO
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Margaret Meister
President & CEO
Symetra
Mike Sievert
President & CEO
T-Mobile
John Steach, Ed.D.
CEO
The Center for Educational Effectiveness
Frank Blethen
Publisher & CEO
The Seattle Times
Randy Karr
CEO
The Spur Group
Tonita Webb
CEO
Verity Credit Union
Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Chairman & CEO
Virginia Mason Health System
Bill Hilf
CEO
Vulcan Inc.
Brent Beardall
President & CEO
WaFd Bank
Jemal Idris
Founder & CEO
Washington Performance Consulting
Peter Stanton
Chairman & CEO
Washington Trust Bank
Kathy Rogers
Executive Vice President
Western States American Heart Association
Devin Stockfish
President & CEO
Weyerhaeuser Company
Geoff Wood
CEO & Co-President
Windermere Services Company
Loria B. Yeadon
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Seattle
Rich Barton
Co-Founder & CEO
Zillow
Jeff Yurcisin
President & CEO
Zulily

Founding Sponsors:

  • Challenge Seattle
  • Washington Roundtable

Supporting Sponsors:

  • Bellevue Chamber
  • Economic Alliance Snohomish County
  • Greater Seattle Partners
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Tacoma Pierce County Chamber
  • Washington Hospitality Association

Philip Jacobs
Executive Director

Philip Jacobs joined Washington Employers for Racial Equity (WERE) as executive director in May 2021. He is responsible for supporting the coalition in its pursuit of racial equity in the workplace. Under Philip’s leadership, the coalition also seeks to partner with business and community leaders, advocates, and other stakeholders to support advocacy and actions that advance racial equity across Washington state. Philip came to WERE from Seattle-based Greatheart Consulting where he developed and led the firm’s “Racially Savvy Leadership Program,” which equips executives for courageous conversations about race and ethnicity that translate to leadership actions and systems change. While at Greatheart, he consulted and supported DEI initiatives at Fortune 500 companies. Philip began his career in the private sector and brings 10+ years of experience as a project manager and analyst. He is a graduate of both Seattle Pacific University and Highline Community College. He is also father to two young boys.

Philip Jacobs

We are in a unique moment in our nation’s history, where there is a shift from minimizing the realities of systemic racial inequity that Black Americans experience to now acknowledging them and actively seeking to right those wrongs. I’m tremendously honored to lead the efforts of WERE, working together with our coalition members to do our part in building an equitable future for Black Washingtonians and all people of color in our state.”