Patti Brooke is the assistant director of the Washington State Department of Commerce's Business Services Division (BSD). BSD has oversight of tourism, international trade, and economic development for the state. Patti previously served in a variety of marketing, business development, and mergers and acquisition leadership roles in a long career at Microsoft. In addition to her work at Microsoft, Patti served as a consultant to Seattle-area technology startups and the Port of Seattle in the areas of business strategy, marketing, and competitive analysis. She has been an engaged Seattle community leader through participation in Leadership Tomorrow and Social Venture Partners, and as an early board chair of Rainier Scholars.
Prior to moving to Seattle in 1993 to work for Microsoft, Patti worked in a Congressional office in Washington, D.C., and served as the finance director on an Alaskan U.S. Senate race. She has a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College and an M.B.A. with a Certificate in Trade and Transportation from the University of Washington. Patti completed her M.B.A. internship with the Port of Seattle Marine Marketing group.