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Charles Knutson

Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Executive Policy Advisor
Charles Knutson serves as Executive Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee. In this role, he provides strategic counsel to the Governor on transportation and economic development issues, leads policy initiatives and works with the Washington State Departments of Transportation, Commerce and Revenue, other agencies, the Legislature, tribes and stakeholders to grow jobs across the state.

Prior to this, Charles served as Senior Vice President, Policy and External Relations at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He led the organization's policy portfolio, oversaw external affairs and managed all business functions including IT, human resources and finance. Earlier in his career, Charles served as Vice President, Public Affairs at the Seattle Chamber, and he led marketing and government affairs at a multinational transportation consulting firm.

With 17 years of experience in plan development, strategic communication and campaigns, Charles has played a central role in securing some of the largest transportation and economic development investments in Washington state history. Throughout these efforts, Charles has worked collaboratively with a cross-section of stakeholders to establish and grow result-oriented coalitions dedicated to improving regional mobility, investing in education and advancing economic growth.

Charles grew up on Maury Island in the Puget Sound, and received a Diplôme Superieur from the University of Paris, the Sorbonne, and a BA magna cum laude from New York University. Later, Charles was selected as a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and went to graduate school at Oxford. He’s a Leadership Tomorrow alumnus, a 40 under 40 award recipient and a Marshall Fellow. He's also an Eagle Scout and a member of Scouts For Equality. An avid mountaineer, Charles has crossed Washington state on foot, and completed 900 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail between Mexico and Canada. He lives with his wife and two sons in Seattle.