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

Phone: 1-(206)-389-7301

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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

Dana Rubin

Inbound and Outbound Manager 

Dana received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anthropology and Spanish, and her M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. She worked for over a decade in international higher education, specifically in the development of study abroad programs for university students. Many of those years were spent at Northwestern University as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad and following that, at the University of Washington as Regional Lead for European Programs & Exchanges. Dana has lived and worked in many countries around the world including Australia, Mexico, Italy and Spain but has been a resident of Seattle for the past six years. The opportunity to combine her international education, passions, and experiences is what she loves most about working with the Trade Alliance.

Responsibilities: Inbound Delegation Visits & Outbound Business Missions
Speaks: English (native), Spanish (fluent), Italian (working knowledge)
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7289

Lilly Liu

Member Relations 

Lilly holds a MBA and a BA in International Relations. Prior to joining TDA, she had worked in international business for both Chinese and American companies and international trade finance for Bank of America.

Responsibilities: Recruiting Members, Member Relations
Speaks: English (fluent), Chinese (native)
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7227

Jess Frain

Communications & Administrative 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, Board Liaison
Speaks: English (native), Spanish (working knowledge)
Phone: 1-(206)-389-7307

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 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