Washington State University
Alex Pietsch is the Associate Vice President for Corporate Relations at Washington State University. 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, coordinating activities and promote growth of the industry throughout the state. 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. 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.