PATH's board of directors has voted to appoint former Washington State Governor Gary Locke to the board. Governor Locke's years of experience in government and diplomacy will strengthen the board's expertise in international relations, commerce, and organizational management.
"Governor Locke's background is a perfect fit for PATH's work as the global health leader and innovator," said Dean Allen, chair of PATH's board of directors. "His experience in both Washingtons, and as US ambassador to China, will be invaluable as PATH pursues its mission to improve the lives of people around the world."
"I've followed PATH's work for years, and have long been impressed with the organization's unique approach to developing practical, effective health solutions that save lives," said Locke. "I'm proud to now play a part in PATH's governance as a member of the board."
As governor of Washington State (the first Chinese American to be elected governor in US history and the first Asian American governor on the mainland), US secretary of commerce, and most recently as America's envoy to China, Governor Locke has been a longtime leader in the areas of education, employment, trade, healthcare, human rights, immigration reform, privacy, and the environment.
Through his consulting company, Locke Global Strategies, Governor Locke advises US and Chinese companies on cross-border trade and investment. He's also an adviser and consultant for the Seattle-based law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, where he consults with the firm's domestic and international clients.
Born into a Chinese immigrant family, Governor Locke spent his first six years in Seattle's Yesler Terrace, a public housing project for families of World War II veterans. He worked in his father's grocery store, became an Eagle Scout, and graduated with honors from Seattle's Franklin High School in 1968. Governor Locke attended Yale University, where he received his bachelor's degree in political science (1972). He earned his law degree from Boston University (1975).