Bruce Dammeier. Courtesy EDB Tacoma-Pierce County.

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier will serve as president of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PRSC). The appointment was recently announced, although the PSRC General Assembly unanimously voted on new leadership in May.

“Regional coordination is more important than ever as we address the challenges of housing affordability, transportation, economic development, and environmental health for a growing region,” Dammeier said. “Working across city and county boundaries is key to ensuring a bright future, and I’m pleased to help lead that mission.”

Dammeier is a Pierce County native. He attended Curtis High School before graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and becoming a Civil Engineer Corps officer. After serving in the military, he returned to Washington and has since dedicated himself to improving his hometown. He was elected as the executive of Pierce County in November of 2016, after serving as state senator and as a member of the House of Representatives. Dammeier volunteers with Tacoma #8 Rotary Club, a member of the Tacoma Goodwill Board of Directors, and Lighthouse Christian Church, among others.

PSRC coordinates economic development and regional growth planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. Pierce County is well represented on PSRC with Connie Ladenburg, Pierce County council member, acting as vice president of the council’s Economic Development District Board; Ryan Mello, City of Tacoma council member, acting as chair of the Growth Management Policy Board; and a myriad of representative from local businesses and governmental departments.