Colleen Kerr is Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Legislative Officer for Washington State University. She currently serves as co-chair of WSU’s Economic Development Council where she is leading the efforts around the Seattle Initiative, dedicated to connecting WSU’s research, academic and service mission to the greater Seattle region.
Colleen’s experience includes a human rights fellowship with Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, during which she worked on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry for Madden and Finucane Solicitors, one of the premier legal firms in the European Union. After coming back to the U.S., she was an attorney with Preston Gates and Ellis, LLP in Seattle and then was a special assistant on government accountability for the state’s Office of Economic Development in the Washington State Department of Commerce. She served as legislative director for State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and deputy chief of staff for the Senate Democratic Caucus in Washington State. She also served as tribal counsel for the Washington State House of Representatives.
Born and raised in eastern Washington, Colleen owns and operates Sweetgrass Food Company, located in downtown Seattle. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.