OLYMPIA, WA — Washington State Department of Commerce director Lisa Brown recently announced two new appointments to key leadership positions in the growing agency’s Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness. In a leading position in a new industrial field, Shannon Halberstadt Comes on board June 1 as Director of Creative Economy Sector Development. Expanding and deepening the small business trading team in Washington, Linda womack He also joined Commerce on June 1 as Managing Director of Small Business and Community Support.
As the first sector manager of the creative industries Shannon Halberstadt Will develop partnerships and policies to promote creative businesses and jobs in Washington.
Most recently, Halberstadt was campaign manager for Keep Music Live, which recruited more than 4,200 donors to provide emergency Covid-19 relief funds to small, independent live music businesses across the state. Prior to that, she was CEO of Artists Trust, where she led efforts to help working artists of all disciplines across Washington build successful careers by providing grants and professional development resources. His experience also includes roles as Executive Director of Spokane Arts, Executive Director of Pacific Northwest at The Recording Academy (GRAMMY) and Director at The Vera Project.
“Washington State’s creative economy is one of the strongest in our country. I am honored to join the talented team at commerce and industry leaders in the creative sector to support and grow this important sector.” I look forward to working on something that will bring such prosperity, vitality and a sense of purpose to communities across the state that brings belonging.
Linda Lee Womack Served as Director of the Washington Business Center – a Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) operated by the City of Tacoma Department of Community and Economic Development under a collaborative agreement with the US Department of Commerce. Since 2016, she has been responsible for approaching minority-owned companies with technical and strategic business advice to improve their ability to create and sustain jobs. Under Womack’s leadership, minority-owned companies in the region secured more than $290 million in contract and financing opportunities. The Washington Business Center has been recognized by US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo as one of the top performing business centers in the country serving resource-constrained business communities.
Prior to her role as Business Center Director, Linda ran a boutique Korean interpreting/translation agency specializing in cultural outreach, business contracts and medical interpreting. Before opening her firm in 2015, Womack worked with the international conference team from Samsung, AIG International and the Korean Tourism Organization in marketing and in Asia, working as a global marketing strategist to increase their presence and attract foreign direct investment. spent 12 years. global.
Womack earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics (Aalto University School of Business).
“Commerce is results-driven and I have always admired the agency’s work in supporting and supporting businesses across all sectors to grow and remain competitive,” said Womack. “The team is smart and successful and I’m excited to join them. It’s a dream role and I look forward to working with our new partners in the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness and serving our small business communities in all regions of the state throughout the organization.” I look forward to serving.