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General Contact Information

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

Phone: 1-(206)-389-7301

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Staff Contact Information

Sam Kaplan


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 Regions Benchmarking Consortium, Global Cities Initiative
Speaks: English (native), German (working knowledge)
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7306

Jess Frain

Graphic Designer/ Communications Specialist

Jess graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Psychology (Family & Child Studies). She has just recently completed a certificate in web design. Prior to the Trade Development Alliance, she worked at FareStart/Catalyst Kitchens where she administrated their CRM database and designed their communications. 

Responsibilities: Graphic Design, Website/Database Operations
Speaks: English (native), Spanish (working knowledge)
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7307

Samantha Paxton

Inbound/Outbound Delegation Manager 

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 at the Glocal Forum in Rome. She serves on the board of the Foundation for International Understanding through Students and the Seattle Tashkent Sister Cities Association.

Responsibilities: Program & Event Management, Inbound Delegation Assistance, FDI Working Group lead
Speaks: English (native), French (working knowledge) 
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7319

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. Prior to joining the Trade Alliance, she interned in the Office of International Relations and Protocols at the University of Washington. Tamara grew up in Hawaii and has dual citizenship with Iceland.

Responsibilities: International Leadership Missions, Communications
Speaks: English (native), Icelandic (working knowledge)
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7301

Adam Akerblom

Communications and Administrative Coordinator 

Adam Akerblom is the Communications and Administrative Coordinator for the Trade Development Alliance. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in International Studies and Political Science. Adam is Swedish, and also lived in Sri Lanka and Denmark before moving to the United States. Prior to joining the Trade Alliance as a full-time staff member, he was a Student Intern with the organization.

Responsibilities: Administrative, Communications
Speaks: English & Swedish (native), Danish (fluent), Spanish (working knowledge)
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7319