Strickland served the city of Tacoma for eight years as mayor, during that time she tackled issues surrounding regional transportation, education, and economic development issues.
“Marilyn is known and respected throughout the Puget Sound region as an effective advocate for economic competitiveness,” Heather Redman, chair of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees said in a statement. “Marilyn will be a strong voice for the economic conditions necessary for continued job growth for people in our region, especially as we face growing competition from around the globe.”
Strickland faced ample competition for the job and was selected from a pool of more than 50 prospective candidates nationwide, drawing not only from her time as mayor, but from her prior management experience with the American Cancer Society, Starbucks Coffee Company, and JayRay Communications.
“I am incredibly excited to take on this role,” Strickland said. “A strong, vibrant business environment is key to addressing the challenges that we face. Businesses of all sizes are an essential part of our community: in addition to the jobs they create and their place in the fabric of our neighborhoods, they drive investments that benefit us all. For example, in the city of Seattle, businesses generate over 50 percent of the tax revenue for the general fund.”
Strickland will take the reins from Maud Daudon, who has served in the position for nearly six years, during the week of February 19.