Renée Sunde named new Washington Retail Association President/CEO
OLYMPIA – Renée Sunde, The City of Olympia’s first Economic Development Director, has been named President/CEO of the Olympia-based Washington Retail Association (WRA). She will succeed Jan Teague, who led the Association as President/CEO since 1998.
Sunde is an experienced economic development professional with a strong background in marketing, business development, community and economic development. Her diverse professional background includes leadership roles in a start-up company, banking and three Bellevue Square retailers.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to step in as President/CEO to lead such a highly -respected association,” Sunde said. “Retiring CEO Jan Teague has done an incredible job leading the Association and WRA is well-respected nationally.”
Prior to beginning work for the City of Olympia in July 2015, Sunde served as Deputy Director for the Thurston County Economic Development Council (EDC). Highlights among her professional achievements include:
- Successfully launching Olympia’s first Economic Development division and leading efforts for the adoption of a Community Renewal Plan for the removal of blight in downtown.
- Assisting in the development of the Center for Business & Innovation, a partnership between the Thurston EDC and South Puget Sound Community College.
- Co-leading two successful business delegation trips to China, representing regional business interests and foreign direct investment opportunities.
At WRA, Sunde will oversee the only Washington State association formed exclusively to advocate the unique interests of the retail industry regarding federal, state and local legislative and regulatory issues. WRA represents more than 3,500 retail storefronts including national, regional and neighborhood retailers.
“The strength and dedication of WRA’s executive leadership team and board of directors is a foundation for the association’s success,” Sunde said. “I look forward to building on this success.”
Sunde studied Business Administration at Kirkland’s Northwest University before completing professional development courses through the International Development Council and the National Development Council. Her memberships include the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) and the Olympia Rotary.
Contact: Renée Sunde, 360-480-4435 (c)