Bio: Debadutta Dash; Co-chair
As a native of India, before moving to the US in 1996, Debadutta (also nicknamed "Dash") worked with the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture and Co-operatives of the Government of India, owned his business and traveled extensively around the world. In the United States, he has worked for Wal Mart, managed PlanetGuru, the first ever South Asian newspaper and website in the State of Washington as its Co-Publisher before joining Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in 2005 as the first "Experience Manager" for the Westin Brand. Currently he is the Group Sales Manager and Service Culture Trainer for the Westin Bellevue.
He plays an active role in the community as volunteer, executive board member and the former President of the India Association of Western Washington (www.iaww.org) and the founder of the South Asian Music and Performing Arts Resource Center (SAMPARC). Dash has been an alumnus of the United Way of King County Project LEAD Program and the ACLF Leadership Program.
In 2010, he was appointed as one of the Advisory Board members for the Center of International Business and Educational Research (CIBER) at the Global Business Center of the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He was also re-appointed to the board for the Asian Counseling Referral Service (ACRS) as its Board President. He serves in the Pluralism Advisory Board for the Bellevue College and also as the Ambassador for the Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) representing the Indian American Community. In May 2012 Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire re-appointed him as a Commissioner to the State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA). He is also the Chair of the Economic Development committee for CAPAA.
He lives in Seattle with his wife Itu, a Clinical Specialist in Cytogenetics in the University of Washington Medical Center and daughter Ina, a Junior at the University of Washington.