New Director of Economic Development

Lance Randall was appointed as SEED’s new Director of Economic Development, embarking upon the responsibilities of this new post at the end of 2015. SEED Executive Director Lance Matteson announced that the non-profit had conducted an extensive search to find “a dynamic leader for this critically important role. Lance Randall has exactly the right combination of skills, experience, smarts and tenacity to aggressively create jobs at scale to help address some of the displacement trends we’ve seen – especially amongst people of color – in SE Seattle. Moreover, SE Seattle has not shared in the city’s recent economic boom, and Lance’s engagement with the communities we serve will help correct this inequity.”

Randall is a seasoned professional who comes to SEED with 20 years of experience in the field of economic and community development. Since October 2007, he served as Business Relations Manager and then as Business Retention and Expansion Manager for the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. Prior to Randall’s move to the Pacific Northwest, he achieved a long track record of successful business development experience in his hometown of Macon Georgia. He is a graduate of a the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. Randall is credited with three awards for his work in economic development which include: the 2000 Robert B. Cassell Student Leadership Award, the 2001 Georgia Economic Developers Association Service to Existing Industry Award and the 2015 Tabor 100 Crystal Eagle Award for Excellence in Business Development Leadership.

Lance Randall’s job is a new senior level leadership post for SEED. He will advance SEED’s efforts to create living wage jobs, establish workforce development pathways, facilitate more affordable commercial spaces for small business growth, and strengthen collaborative efforts with others to bring about greater economic opportunities – including e-commerce – for those who live and work in Southeast Seattle neighborhoods and beyond.

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