Jason Petrait

Jason Petrait

Executive Director

Jason Petrait has served as the Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing since November 2021. Jason acts as a state-wide liaison across industry, Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges, and economic and workforce development systems, ensuring collaboration focused on building Washington’s advanced manufacturing workforce.

Jason has worked in education and workforce development for more than a decade. In his most recent role as Director of Funding & Strategic Partnerships at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Jason oversaw private grants focused on manufacturing sector strategies, aerospace apprenticeship, and workforce policy. He managed relationships with private and public funders, led the organization’s board relations and communications, and advanced partnerships with employers, funders, and national workforce organizations.

Previously Jason served as Director of Special Projects at South Seattle College. Over six years at the college Jason managed programs and partnerships, including a 1-year machining certificate with Shoreline Community College, manufacturing pre-apprenticeships, and federal, state, and local grants.

Jason is a trained DACUM facilitator, former ESL teacher, and a northwest native. He earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Washington and his Masters of Public Administration from Seattle University.

Kelsey Sanderson

Kelsey Sanderson

Executive Assistant

Kelsey Sanderson is the Executive Assistant for Executive Director Jason Petrait and has worked at the Center of Excellence since November 2013.

Kelsey provides administrative support to the Executive Director.

Prior to coming to the COE, Kelsey worked for several years at Integrated Technologies as a technical aide, a position which piqued her interest in the aerospace field.

Kelsey assists with the Center’s travel plans, event coordination, and budget management and is key in communication between college staff, external partners, and other COE staff.

Reach out to Kelsey for media inquires, scheduling or working with the Center of Excellence.