CONTACT

The Trade Development Alliance is located in downtown Seattle in the Rainier Tower Building. Here is how you can get in touch with us.

General inquiries

Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
1301 Fifth Ave., Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101 USA

Phone: 1-(206)-389-7301
Email: tdags@seattletradealliance.com

Staff

Sam Kaplan

President
Sam Kaplan became president of the Trade Development Alliance in June 2011. Prior to the Trade Alliance, Sam worked as a legislative assistant handling foreign affairs and trade issues for now retired U.S. Representative John Miller. Sam's most recent screenplay, Please Hold, won Best Comedy Script in the Indie Short Film Competition.

Responsibilities: Guides strategic organizational planning, manages staff and operations, International Study Mission lead, International Regions Benchmarking Consortium lead
Speaks: English (native), German (elementary)
Email: samk@seattletradealliance.com
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7306

Samantha Paxton

Programs Coordinator
Samantha Paxton graduated from the University of Washington and pursued graduate work in Russian and Central Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to the Trade Alliance she worked in international development. She serves on the board of the Foundation for International Understanding through Students and the Seattle Tashkent Sister Cities Association.

Responsibilities: Programs; inbound delegation assistance; FDI Working Group lead
Speaks: English (native), French (limited working), Spanish (limited working)
Email: samanthap@seattletradealliance.com
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7319

Brady Prim

Membership Outreach Coordinator
Brady A. Prim graduated in International Business and Entrepreneurship from Washington State University - Go Cougs! For seven years he was a contractor of community recreation programs for the US military in Germany, Italy, South Korea, Hawaii, and for three years in China with the US Embassy Beijing. He thrives on connecting companies and individuals from around the world to further innovate, achieve, and explore global business opportunities. He looks forward to meeting you over a good cup of Colombian coffee or Chinese tea.

Responsibilities: Membership
Speaks: English (native), Mandarin (limited working)
Email: bradyp@seattletradealliance.com
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7227

Tamara Thorhallsson

Special Projects and Communications Coordinator
Tamara Thorhallsson graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. During her undergraduate study, she interned in the Office of International Relations and Protocols at the University of Washington and studied abroad at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Tamara has dual citizenship with Iceland.

Responsibilities: Assistant to the President; Advisory Council liaison; Communications; International Leadership Missions
Speaks: English (native) Icelandic (limited working)
Email: tamarat@seattletradealliance.com
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7301

Jacqueline D. Vonk

Communication and Administrative Specialist
While working on her Degree in Organizational Communication and Marketing from Marylhurst University, Jacque discovered her eye for graphic design and visual communications. Jacque spent a few weeks Studying German in Berlin, and has had the pleasure of traveling to places like Nairobi and London as well. The opportunity to combine her education, passions, and experiences on the job is what she loves most about working with TDA.

Responsibilities:Communications, Graphic Design, Board Administration
Speaks: English (native) German (introductory)
Email: jacquelinev@seattletradealliance.com
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7307

Map & Directions

From I-5 Northbound

  • Take the Seneca St. exit #165.
  • At the end of the ramp turn right at the stop light onto 6th Avenue.
  • Travel two blocks north to Union Street.
  • At Union Street, turn left and go to 5th Avenue.
  • Turn left at 5th Avenue.
  • The Trade Alliance is co-located with the Seattle Metro Chamber in the Rainier Tower. The Rainier Tower is at the corner of 5th Avenue and University Street.
  • From the lobby, please take one of the elevators in the south bank (marked 12-24). The office is on the 15th floor.

From I-5 Southbound

  • Take the Union Street exit #165B.
  • Once off the ramp, you will be at 7th Avenue and Union Street.
  • Travel two blocks west to 5th Avenue and turn left.
  • The Trade Alliance is co-located with the Seattle Metro Chamber in the Rainier Tower. The Rainier Tower is at the corner of 5th Avenue and University Street.
  • From the lobby, take one of the elevators in the north bank (marked 12-24). The office is on the 15th floor.