Office of International Relations

The Office of International Relations represents the governor and state government to all foreign countries, international trade organizations, international educational groups and cultural organizations. The office coordinates the governor’s official trade missions overseas and the director serves as the state’s protocol officer. It also manages sister state relationships.Gov. Inslee at Almond Roca ribbon cutting


Schuyler Hoss, Director of International Relations and Protocol, Governor's Office
(360) 239-1317  

Washington trade

Exports and foreign direct investment are vital to Washington state’s economic growth. At least one in three jobs is related directly or indirectly to international trade, making this one of the most globally integrated states in America. Get more info on trade and foreign investment from the Dept. of Commerce and their partner resources:

Trade missions

Hosting major international events

  • The Governor’s Office hosts major international events and delegations. Past events include:
    • 2013 Hyogo 50th Anniversary of the Sister State Relationship
    • 2014 The Boao Forum for Asia Seattle Conference
    • 2015 State Visit of President Xi Jinping of China
    • ​2016 Jeollabuk-do 20th Anniversary of the Sister State Relationship
  • If you’re interested in having Gov. Inslee host an international event, please contact Schuyler Hoss

International leadership 

  • Gov. Inslee has had important leadership roles in major international conferences 

Partners in promoting international relations

International Sister States of Washington state

  • Washington has six formal state relationships:
    • Hyogo, Japan (1963)
    • Sichuan, China (1982)
    • Pangasinan, Philippines (1996)
    • Jalisco, Mexico (1996)
    • Jeollabuk-do, Korea (1996)
    • Andhra-Pradesh, India (2012)
  • Sister Mountain of the State of Washington
    • Mt. Rainier and Mt. Fuji, Japan (1936)