Washington State University
Alex Pietsch is the Associate Vice President for Corporate Relations at Washington State University. In this position, Pietsch leads the University’s Office of Corporate Relations, which serves as the system-wide facilitator and coordinator of educational, research, business and philanthropic partnerships with private companies and their industries. Prior to coming to WSU, Pietsch was director of the Office of Aerospace for the State of Washington, serving as the principal advisor to Governors Jay Inslee and Christine Gregoire on aerospace related issues and coordinating activities and promote growth of the industry throughout the state. In this capacity, Pietsch worked with stakeholders across the state to develop and implement Washington’s first ever statewide aerospace industry strategy and was the principle architect of the state’s successful effort to secure production of the Boeing 777X. From 2001 to 2012, Pietsch served as the Administrator of the City of Renton’s Department of Community and Economic development which has oversight of all land use planning and building activities in the city, economic development, and intergovernmental relations. He was responsible for the city’s award-winning community marketing campaign—Renton. Ahead of the Curve. Pietsch began his career in television news, several western U.S. markets, including Yakima, Wash., where he was a news anchor and reporter for the local ABC affiliate. Pietsch holds a bachelor’s degree in history and communication from Washington State University and grew up in Seattle. He now lives in West Seattle with his wife and three daughters.