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Bill Erxleben is a former Washington State assistant attorney general, executive assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Washington, and Seattle regional director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For his service at the Federal Trade commission he was given their Award for Distinguished Service, the agency’s highest honor.
An award-winning teacher, Erxleben taught at the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Business. In private law practice he was a partner in two Seattle law firms, Foster Pepper and Lane Powell. He served as president and CEO of Data I/O Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed technology company based in Redmond, Washington, and as chairman of the board of Advanced Digital Systems, a privately held Bellevue, Washington, technology start-up.
As a citizen activist, he served as cochair of a 1982 Washington State recycling initiative, Initiative 61 (the “bottle bill”) and as cochair of PortWatch, a citizens oversight group covering the Port of Seattle. Twice elected to the Newcastle, Washington, city council, he was also the Democratic Party nominee for Washington State attorney general and the Washington State legislature. Currently, Erxleben serves as cofounder and cochair of Newcastle Watchdog, a citizens group promoting good government.
Erxleben is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Stanford Law School, where he was a guest lecturer. Nominated by the FTC, he attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Executive Fellow.
Erxleben has appeared before state legislatures and the US Congress, as well as federal and state courts, as an expert on consumer protection, environmental matters, and administrative reform. He has published law review articles and been a contributing opinion writer on public policy issues with Puget Sound–area newspapers.
Bill and his wife Gayle, an artist, have a son and a daughter, and live in Newcastle, Washington.