Brian Surratt is the Executive Director of Real Estate Development and Community Relations for the Seattle office of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, one of the largest developers of life science and technology campuses in the nation’s leading innovation centers. Prior to joining Alexandria, he was the director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and responsible for the implementation of several high-profile initiatives, including successfully executing an agreement to develop a new $650 million professional sports and entertainment arena in Seattle. Brian was also was senior policy advisor in the City of Seattle’s Office of Policy and Innovation where he was lead policy staff for Seattle’s efforts to create a path for a new $15 per hour minimum wage. His leadership has been recognized by the German Marshall Fund of United States, the Asia Society, the White House Fellowship program, as well as the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award. Brian was also featured as one of “The 15 People Who Should Really Run Seattle” in 2015 by Seattle Met Magazine. Brian is a board member of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center and FareStart, a nationally recognized social enterprise dedicated to training formally homeless individuals in the food service industry. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Tulsa and his master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.