A third-generation Washingtonian, Courtney Gregoire brings substantial international trade experience from both the public and private sectors to the Port of Seattle. She is passionate about connecting younger generations with the jobs of tomorrow, protecting our environment, and attracting more visitors to our beautiful home state. Courtney was elected to the Seattle Port Commission in November of 2013 with over 83% of the vote. She will stand for re-election in November of 2015.
Courtney currently works as an attorney for Microsoft focused on unfair competition and international trade, and serves on the Seattle Community Colleges Board of Trustees. Prior to returning home to Washington state, she worked in Washington D.C. in senior-level positions for both the legislative and executive branches of government.
Courtney served as the first Director of the National Export Initiative at the U.S. Department of Commerce for President Obama. As Director, Courtney led the Department’s efforts to double U.S. exports by 2015 and support millions of jobs here at home. She was named Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department in 2011.
Before joining the Obama Administration, she served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Courtney began her career at K&L Gates, an international law firm, counseling companies on legislative and regulatory matters.
Courtney graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. Born in Spokane and raised in Olympia, Courtney currently lives in Seattle with her husband Scott Lindsay and their two daughters. In their free time, Courtney and Scott enjoy cheering on the Seattle Sounders and hiking in the North Cascades.