Chris Knapp, Chief Legal Officer of The Everett Clinic, has been named Chair of the Board of Trustees for Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC). Knapp helped to coordinate the formation of the EASC following the merger of the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County, the Greater Everett Chamber of Commerce and the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the EASC board since its inception and began his term as Chair January 15. Previously, Everett Clinic CEO Richard Cooper was Chair.
EASC aims to be a catalyst for economic vitality in the region through advocacy for job creation, educational opportunity, and reliable infrastructure. “Economic Alliance Snohomish County has a growing and well-deserved reputation as an influential regional economic development organization,” Knapp said.
The EASC Board of Trustees is made up of 50 county business and government leaders. As Chair, Knapp plans to increase annual member investment in EASC to $1.5 million and increase awareness of Snohomish County’s advanced manufacturing corridor as well as its essential role in the State’s economy.
As general counsel for The Everett Clinic, Knapp advises the Clinic on all legal issues related to business operations. His role includes strategy development, legislative affairs and regulatory compliance. Previously, he was managing partner at the Anderson Hunter Law Firm in Everett.
Knapp earned his law degree at the University of Minnesota School of Law and bachelor’s at the University of Washington. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Washington Society of Healthcare Attorneys.
The Everett Clinic is the fifth largest private employer in Snohomish County along with other top employers The Boeing Co., Providence Regional Medical Center, Tulalip Tribe Enterprises and Premera Blue Cross. The Clinic has 500 healthcare providers and 2,200 employees and cares for 300,000 patients. Established in 1924 by four physicians, The Everett Clinic survived the Great Depression by working with local employers and continues that tradition to this day.
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