Office of International Relations
The Office of International Relations represents the governor and state government to all foreign countries, international trade organizations, international educational groups and cultural organizations. The office coordinates the governor’s official trade missions overseas and the director serves as the state’s protocol officer. It also manages sister state relationships.
Schuyler Hoss, Director of International Relations and Protocol, Governor's Office
Exports and foreign direct investment are vital to Washington state’s economic growth. At least one in three jobs is related directly or indirectly to international trade, making this one of the most globally integrated states in America. Get more info on trade and foreign investment from the Dept. of Commerce and their partner resources:
- One of Gov. Inslee’s top trade priorities is promoting Washington exports and attracting international Foreign Direct Investments. The Governor’s Office has led several international trade missions to Europe and Asia.
- If you’re interested in learning more about upcoming trade missions, please visit the Dept. of Commerce’s website.
Hosting major international events
- The Governor’s Office hosts major international events and delegations. Past events include:
- If you’re interested in having Gov. Inslee host an international event, please contact Schuyler Hoss
- Gov. Inslee has had important leadership roles in major international conferences
Partners in promoting international relations
- Our state works with several trade and cultural organizations including:
International Sister States of Washington state
- Washington has six formal state relationships:
- Hyogo, Japan (1963)
- Sichuan, China (1982)
- Pangasinan, Philippines (1996)
- Jalisco, Mexico (1996)
- Jeollabuk-do, Korea (1996)
- Andhra-Pradesh, India (2012)
- Sister Mountain of the State of Washington
- Mt. Rainier and Mt. Fuji, Japan (1936)