Inslee picks Spokane woman to pilot state aerospace policy

Robin Toth will lead the effort to convince Boeing to build its next new airplane in the state.

Robin Toth

Robin Toth

OLYMPIA — A leader of a Spokane economic development group was named Monday as Gov. Jay Inslee’s chief adviser on aerospace policy.

Robin Toth, the former vice president of business development for Greater Spokane Inc., will begin work Thursday as head of the governor’s Office of Aerospace, which is housed in the state Department of Commerce. Her salary will be $105,000 per year.

She will help steer the state’s efforts to bolster an industry that largely orbits around the Boeing Co. Toth already sits on the New Middle-Market Airplane Executive Council, a panel of public- and private-sector leaders working to convince Boeing to build its next jetliner model in Washington.

In a statement, Inslee said Toth’s work in economic and business development has already benefited the state’s aerospace industry.

“She will help us continue to ensure that Washington is the best place to build airplanes and preserve thousands of family-wage jobs for generations to come,” he said.

Toth, who is also a former board member of the Aerospace Futures Alliance, said she will be “focused on partnering with the aerospace community on competing to keep Washington in a league of its own for the next generation of aircraft manufacturing and jobs.”

Kelly Maloney, president and CEO of the Aerospace Futures Alliance and the Washington State Space Coalition, praised the selection.

“Robin’s depth of experience in aerospace-related economic development is rounded out by her experience in government and participation in workforce development initiatives,” Maloney said in a statement.

That background will help the state grow the aviation, space and unmanned-aerial-systems sectors in Washington, she said.

Toth will be filling a post that’s been vacant for nearly a year.

John Thornquist, an ex-Everett aerospace executive and former Boeing engineer, resigned in December 2017 after 19 months in the job.

Toth worked at Greater Spokane Inc. from January 2005 until early October. Before that, she served as economic development project manager for the city of Spokane. She studied transportation at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, and business administration at Eastern Washington University.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald Twitter: @dospueblos.

Talk to us

More in Local News

News logo for use with stories about Mill Creek in Snohomish County, WA.
Mill Creek house fire leaves 1 dead

The fire was contained to a garage in the 15300 block of 25th Drive SE. A person was found dead inside.

Firefighters respond to a house fire Wednesday morning in the 3400 block of Broadway. (Everett Fire Department)
3 hospitalized in critical condition after Everett house fire

Firefighters rescued two people, one of whom uses a wheelchair, from the burning home in the 3400 block of Broadway.

The Walmart Store on 11400 Highway 99 on March 21, 2023 in in Everett, Washington. The retail giant will close the store on April 21, 2023. (Janice Podsada / The Herald)
Walmart announces Everett store on Highway 99 will close on April 21

The Arkansas-based retail giant said the 20-year-old Walmart location was “underperforming financially.”

Michael Tolley (Northshore School District)
Michael Tolley named new Northshore School District leader

Tolley, interim superintendent since last summer, is expected to inherit the position permanently in July.

Logo for news use, for stories regarding Washington state government — Olympia, the Legislature and state agencies. No caption necessary. 20220331
New forecast show state revenues won’t be quite as robust as expected

Democratic budget writers say they will be cautious but able to fund their priorities. Senate put out a capital budget Monday.

Everett Memorial Stadium and Funko Field on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Drive to build new AquaSox ballpark gets $7.4M boost from state

The proposed Senate capital budget contains critical seed money for the city-led project likely to get matched by the House.

Angelica Montanari and daughter Makena, 1, outside of the Community Health Center of Snohomish County Everett-Central Clinic on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Providers at Community Health Center of Snohomish County vote to form a union

Providers expressed hope for improving patient care and making their voices heard with management.

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112
A thumbs up for capital gains, kind words for the Senate budget

It’s Day 75. Here’s what’s happening in the 2023 session of the Washington Legislature

Logo for news use, for stories regarding Washington state government — Olympia, the Legislature and state agencies. No caption necessary. 20220331
Supreme Court rules state’s new capital gains tax is legal

The 7-2 ruling clears the way for collection of payments starting next month. The tax is expected to bring in $500 million a year.

Most Read