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David McFadden

Managing Director, Economic Development Division 


Veteran economic development leader

David brings more than 20 years of experience in economic development and business growth to the Port of Seattle. His results-oriented background make him uniquely qualified to fill this new role where we aim to bring more middle class jobs to the region and Washington state.

Expanding business opportunities and creating jobs

As President and CEO of the Yakima County Development Association since 1997, McFadden was responsible for business and industry retention and expansion, along with new business recruitment. Companies that received support from the association have invested over $400 million in new facilities and created over 2,000 new jobs since 2002.

Skilled leader of diverse workforces

As the Managing Director of the Economic Development Division, McFadden’s portfolio includes recruiting and retaining businesses in aviation, manufacturing and maritime sectors, along with real estate, long-term leases, innovative property development, the Small Business ‘Incubator’ and Accelerator Initiatives, marketing, tourism and workforce development.

Puget Sound commitment

McFadden's responsibilities include driving economic development activities at the Port of Seattle to maximize opportunities available to the port while making Seattle a gateway for international commerce.


Western Washington University, Master of Arts in Political Science (1987)
Western Washington University, Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Social Assessment and Policy (1984)
Certified Economic Developer (1997)
Economic Development Finance Professional (1991)