Egils Milbergs is the executive director of the Economic Development Commission of Washington state (www.wedc.wa.gov). The commission is charged with developing a long-term economic development strategy and making the state the most innovative region in the world. He was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire on January 23, 2008, after a nationwide search.
Egils is a noted thought leader in competitiveness policy and champions the vital importance of U.S. technological, manufacturing, and innovation leadership to long-term prosperity. In Washington state, he is advancing the concept and practice of regional innovation ecosystems. He held previous positions as president and founder of the Center for Accelerating Innovation, president of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, president of the Institute for Illinois, deputy assistant secretary for productivity, technology and innovation for the U.S. Commerce Department, and executive director of the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness. He is a graduate of Harvard College.