Bill McSherry is vice president of Government Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Named to his position in June 2014, McSherry is responsible for Commercial Airplanes’ state and local operations in the Northwest and South Carolina regions. He leads a team of specialists who manage relationships with elected officials and business leaders, advocate for key issues that advance Boeing’s business objectives, and find philanthropic opportunities to give back to the communities where Commercial Airplanes employees live and work.
Prior to his current assignment, McSherry was director of State & Local Government Operations in the Northwest region. In that capacity, he was responsible for the company’s government relations strategy and Northwest network, which covers Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.
Before joining The Boeing Company in 2010, McSherry served concurrently as special advisor to Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and as director of Economic Development at the Puget Sound Regional Council. In this dual capacity, he advised Gregoire on aerospace and job-creation issues and oversaw the development and implementation of the Prosperity Partnership’s Regional Economic Strategy. The cluster-based strategy identified the four-county Central Puget Sound region’s key strategic objectives, and drove near-term actions to accomplish those objectives.
McSherry currently serves on the boards of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Washington Clean Technology Alliance, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Village Theatre and Aerospace Futures Alliance of Washington.
McSherry previously served as vice president for Public Affairs and Communications at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and as legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Slade Gorton in Washington, D.C. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.