Washington State University Tri-Cities

Commencement

Keynote speaker 2014

Norman B. Rice

Norman Rice

President and CEO
The Seattle Foundation

Norman B. Rice is president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations. Bringing his noted role as a consensus builder and extensive background in community development, Rice is leading the Foundation in achieving its mission to create a healthy community through engaged philanthropy, community knowledge, and leadership.

Rice is former president and chief executive officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, a $48 billion bank. Retired in March 2005, he assumed his chief executive responsibilities in February 1999. In this post, he brought his passion and commitment for housing and community development to the private sector and worked with more than 375 financial institutions to make their communities better places to work and live.

Prior to his work at the Federal Home Loan Bank, Rice served two terms as mayor of Seattle from 1990 to 1997. In this role, he earned national acclaim for revitalizing Seattle’s downtown and strengthening the city neighborhoods through public-private partnerships.

Currently, Rice is a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions and the Brookings Institution’s Advisory Committee for Sustainable Communities. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Northwest African-American Museum and is past chair of the Enterprise Foundation, Fifth Avenue Theatre, YMCA of Greater Seattle and United Way of King County. He also serves on the board of the King County Committee to End Homelessness and HistoryLink.

Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from the University of Washington. He holds honorary doctorates from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College.

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