Brian Surratt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Seattle Partners (GSP), a public/private partnership that advances inclusive economic growth and competitiveness for the Puget Sound region. The GSP team focuses on attracting new investment and talent, promoting international trade and growing existing industry clusters to create and sustain opportunity and prosperity for everyone in the Greater Seattle region.
Previously, Brian was a vice president of community relations in the Seattle office of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., the leading urban real estate investment trust focused on building collaborative life science and technology campuses in the nation’s most dynamic innovation centers. He also served in various economic development leadership roles during his time with the city of Seattle and oversaw efforts that spanned workforce development, manufacturing growth, foreign-direct investment and anti-displacement strategies. He negotiated the city’s $1.2 billion development agreement to build Climate Pledge Arena and served as the policy lead in Seattle’s historic efforts as the first major city in the United States to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Brian serves in a range of community leadership roles as well. He is a trustee for the Seattle Colleges District and commissioner for the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and serves on the boards for several prominent regional organizations, including FareStart, William D. Ruckelshaus Center, and the Seattle Center Foundation.