Faculty & Scientific Staff
David Williams, MBA
Following six years of active duty as a Navy fighter pilot and flight instructor, Mr. Williams joined San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Leasing Corporation. In 1976 he moved to Seattle to lead the equipment leasing subsidiary for Rainier Bank, igniting a 20-year career in corporate and retail banking. Mr. Williams last held the position of Vice Chairman for Security Pacific Bank Washington (now Bank of America). In 1996 Mr. Williams served as Chief Executive Officer of the Northwest Eye, a $7 billion ophthalmology practice, managing its sale and integration with a Toronto-based laser surgery company. Mr. Williams went on to direct recruiting and admissions for the University of Washington Master of Business Administration program until 2001. A trustee of AAA of Washington for 15 years, Mr. Williams led several committees and served as Chairman of the Board. He was past chairman of the University of Washington Development Fund; served on the Economics Visiting Committee of University of Washington School of Arts & Sciences; was a panel chair at United Way as well as past chair of AAA Washington. Mr. Williams received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his MBA from Stanford University. He has been a member the Benaroya Research Institute Board since 2014 and is past chair of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards. Mr. Williams is a member of the Finance Committee.