2019-2020 Board Chair, Seattle Metro Chamber
Vice President, External Relations at Alaska Airlines
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Diana Birkett Rakow leads Alaska's public and government affairs, sustainability, community engagement, PR and internal communications – with teams in Seattle, San Francisco, Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington D.C. Together, they are responsible for advancing Air Group's business growth, employee engagement, and legacy of responsibility and corporate citizenship.
Diana joined Alaska Airlines after almost two decades in health care and public health at Kaiser Permanente, Group Health, and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in Washington DC. Most recently, Diana served as vice president of public affairs, communications and brand management at Kaiser Permanente of Washington through its acquisition of Group Health, and as executive vice president of public affairs and marketing and president of the Group Health Foundation.
Diana holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and master’s degrees in public administration and public health from the University of Washington. In addition to the Greater Seattle Chamber, she serves on the boards of the Pacific Science Center and Association of Washington Business.