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 Department of Commerce and its partner resources:

Trade and study missions

Visiting delegations

The state has received more than 150 visiting trade and government delegations from more than 25 countries since 2013. 

Hosting major international events and dignitaries

International leadership 

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
    • Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji, Japan (1936)