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Wright Runstad and Company

Professional History

Building Economist, Ministry of Public Building Works, London, UK, c. 1965-1966; Project Manager, Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, Developers, Boston, MA; Founding Partner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wright Runstad and Company, Seattle, WA, 1971-present;

Member, Real Estate Round Table; Member, the Urban Land Institute; Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Systems Biology; Member, Board of Directors, Seattle Symphony, Seattle, WA; Trustee, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA; Trustee, Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle, WA; Member and Past President, Board Regents, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1987-1998; Director, University of Washington Foundation, Seattle, WA; Member, Campaign Executive Committee, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Member of the Board of Rowing Stewards, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Trustee, Equity Office Properties Trust. Member, Washington Round Table; Member, State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board;

Greater Seattle Businessperson of the Year Award in Commercial Real Estate, 1989; Honoree (with Judith Runstad), E. Donnall Thomas Medal of Achievement, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WA, 2000;


B.A., Economics, B.S., Building Construction, University of Washington, Seattle, 1964; M.B.A., Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Cambridge, MA, 1968.


Runstad married Judith Runstad, a land-use attorney with the firm of Foster, Pepper and Shefelman, PLLC. She received the The University of Washington Outstanding Alumna Achievement Award in 1996 and, earlier, the school's Distinguished Alumna Award in 1992. She has also been named to the Matrix Women of Achievement Award.

For many years, H. Jon Runstad has been one of the most civic-minded and influential developers in the State of Washington. Heavily involved in local charitable causes, Runstad has served as Associate General Chairman for three different United Way campaigns; The Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, is named for Jon and his wife Judy. While at the University of Washington, he was a member of the crew team and has served later on its University of Washington Board of Rowing Stewards. He endowed the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in the College of Built Environments, which was named in honor of Jon and his wife, Judy.

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