The Hon. Christine Gregoire
Senior Advisor, Public-Private Partnerships
The Hon. Christine Gregoire is a Senior Advisor at RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners.
Previously, Chris served for two terms as Governor of the State of Washington with a $32B biennial budget and over 60,000 employees. In her first term as Governor, she created the Department of Early Learning and led on reforms to the K-12 system and investment in higher education. Chris led the state in a historical investment in infrastructure including the building of the largest floating bridge in the world and the largest transportation tunnel to open up Seattle's waterfront. She addressed the water wars in the state and established the Puget Sound initiative to restore one of the nation's major estuaries. She led an historic number of trade missions, reformed the foster care system to protect children, and was among the first to lead in health care reform. During her second term, Chris led the state in major reforms, management and budgeting to position the state as one of the most financially secure to come out of the "Great Recession".
Prior to becoming Governor, Chris served for three terms as Attorney General for the State of Washington and prior to becoming Attorney General, Chris served four years as the Director of the State Department of Ecology.
She is also the CEO for Challenge Seattle, an organization comprised of 18 major international companies and non-profits located in Washington, providing leadership to ensure greater Seattle is one of the most innovative and globally competitive regions in the world.
Chris is currently Board Chair for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Member of the Bipartisan Governor’s Council, Advisory Board Member of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center and Advisory Board Member of the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs. She just completed her third year as Chair on the National Export-Import Bank Advisory Board.
Chris holds a J.D. From Gonzaga University and a B.A. and teaching certificate from the University of Washington. She is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Management Program.