Mona Lee Locke is a seasoned communications and marketing executive with unique hands-on global experience in the political, public and private sectors. As a journalist, a diplomat, former First Lady of Washington State and an executive leader of high-profile organizations, Locke has been in the trenches and on both sides of the camera. Having lived in China and worked at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, as well as with the Obama administration, she is an expert on U.S.-China relations.
Most recently, Locke served as SVP of Communications and Marketing for Intellectual Ventures, a global company focused on invention. Locke also has nearly two decades of not-for-profit experience as a founder, board chair and trustee in the fields of healthcare, business, education and the arts. She has served on board committees including governance, nominations, education, research and compliance. As former First Lady of Washington State, she co-chaired the Governor’s Commission on Early Learning.
Locke has a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in English from the University of California, at Berkeley. She completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program in Governing for Non-Profit Leadership.
She is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning broadcast journalist who has received media and community service recognition, ranging from the Edward R. Murrow Regional Excellence Award, to the Champion of Youth Award, to the Helen S. Jackson Medal of Valor, awarded by U.S. Senator Patty Murray.