Dr. Joseph Williams
ICT Director of Economic Development, State of Washington
Joseph Williams is Governor Inslee's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Lead and Washington State's Director of Economic Development for its vast ICT economic cluster. A former executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Williams served as the Dean of the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University before joining the Washington State Department of Commerce.
His distinguished career in the tech industry, academia, and the public sector includes extensive experience working with angel investing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and customers on the business models and economics of cloud computing. While he was a professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University in the 1990s, he authored three books and dozens of articles related to the ICT industry. Dr. Williams has degrees from the University of California-Berkley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Texas-Austin.