Vice President, External Affairs
Swedish Health Services
Dan Dixon has extensive experience in a broad range of senior management activities that have intersected the private and public sectors. His career has spanned law, government and political affairs, business development, private and public finance, international affairs and corporate affairs. He has led the development of major government departments and national investment banking organizations, while successfully leading efforts to build significant other business opportunities and addressing numerous complex community issues.
Dixon was Alaska’s first Director of International Trade. In this capacity he was charged with the formation of the state’s trade goals and objectives, developing the state’s trade policy on behalf of the Governor and in concert with the state legislature, instituting a foreign investment campaign, inaugurating and directing Alaska’s trade offices in Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei and working closely with the Governor and legislature on trade and funding issues. In addition to increasing trade by over 50% during his tenure, he developed a state-wide economic development program, Trade Alaska. Later, Dixon practiced law for many years with the firm of Foster Pepper and Shefelman. As a lawyer, investment advisor and general securities principal at the Seattle-based law firm, Dixon built a leading practice as an authority in domestic and international business, politics, community relations and finance. He inaugurated and helped build the firm’s nationally recognized and respected public investment fund practice, representing institutions with funds well in excess of $100 billion. As part of his practice he served and continues to serve as an advisor to political leaders across the nation.
Dixon was invited to serve as a founding director of Cambridge Partners, a Wall Street bank specializing in public finance. His colleagues on the board included the late Hugh Carey, former New York Governor, and the late Albert Casey, former chairman of the Resolution Trust Corporation and chairman of American Airlines. Dixon was also the founding chairman of iCopyright, where he led efforts to design, fund and build this highly innovative Internet based company. Dixon has also served as a director of the Washington/China Relations Council, director of Seattle CityClub, chairman of the Advisory Board of Universal Access, Inc. and is a past director of Norsat, a publicly traded Canadian company. Dixon also assisted in the organization, coordination and implementation of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute and the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, bringing two of the most advanced centers of excellence in health care to the region.
Presently, Dixon serves as vice president of external affairs for Swedish. He oversees government and community affairs, marketing and communications and new business strategies. He was appointed by former Gov. Christine Gregoire to be a trustee of Central Washington University and appointed by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to be trustee of the Seattle Public Library System. He is a trustee of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Seattle Community Development Roundtable. He serves on the Board of the Seattle Alliance for Education. In addition, he is a director of the Downtown Seattle Association and is an advisory board member of the Seattle University School of Business.
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