Commerce is added to the management team


OLYMPIA, WA — Washington Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown recently announced two new appointments to key leadership positions at the growing state agency. veteran journalist Liz Roca joins the Commerce leadership team as Director of Communications. At the Ministry’s Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, former Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman holds the post of Head of the Governor’s Maritime Industry Sector.

Liz Roca

rock joins Commerce from the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), where she served as chief of staff and media relations officer. In addition to her role as a strategic and policy advisor, she managed all internal and external communications initiatives and served as a liaison with King County Council, the Office of the Executive and the Office of Enforcement Oversight. of the law. His leadership in external relations with key stakeholders and partners, including elected officials and staff, municipal managers, community groups and underserved communities, has been instrumental in restoring the integrity and transparency of KCSO communications with the media and the public.

Rocca is also an award-winning journalist, with strong credentials as a reporter and newsroom manager, including with Seattle TV stations KIRO, KCPQ and KOMO. Rocca holds a bachelor of science degree from Weber State University and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, both in political science.

“The programs and services offered by Commerce are essential to helping our communities continue to recover from the pandemic and thrive,” Rocca said. “I especially look forward to telling the stories of the incredible range of people and partners Commerce serves, as we work together to ensure equitable access to opportunity across the state.” Contact Liz at [email protected]

Portrait of Stephanie Bowman

Stephanie Bowman

Archer is the new Chief of Commerce’s Marine Industry Sector, responsible for developing and implementing state policies that support the sustainability and expansion of the marine industry in Washington. It works closely with the entire marine business, supporting international trade and shipping, Washington State export businesses, the commercial fishing industry, and recreational boating.

Prior to this role, Bowman served eight years as Port of Seattle Commissioner, where she led efforts to combine the sea freight operations of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, which resulted in the formation of the NW Seaport Alliance, ending more than 80 years of competition between the two gateways. Prior to being elected to public office, Bowman worked on federal ports, international trade and transportation policy in Washington DC, and for more than 15 years on regional and state economic development issues.

Bowman holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from Seattle University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho, and was honored with a Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2007.

“Washington State has a competitive advantage in the shipping industry, with our naturally deep water ports, proximity to Asian markets and as a home port for commercial fishing in Alaska,” Bowman said. “I’m thrilled to be able to help grow the industry as it supports tens of thousands of jobs across the state and creates new opportunities around environmental sustainability.” Contact Stephanie at [email protected]

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