Press Release

Tuesday, September 2

AWB Announces New Communications Director

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has named Jason Hagey as the association’s new director of communications. Hagey, who was AWB’s communications manager, replaces Jocelyn McCabe, who left AWB to found her own public relations business.

Hagey joined AWB in 2009 following a career as a newspaper reporter on both sides of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon. For the last three years, he has worked as AWB’s communications manager and before that served as a communications project manager.

Prior to joining AWB, Hagey was a reporter for The News Tribune in Tacoma where he covered local and state government. He previously worked at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, and he began his career as a reporter for the East Oregonian in Pendleton, Ore.

“Jason not only brings an understanding of the issues facing employers right now, but also a willingness to explore new ways to communicate those issues in today’s changing media landscape,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “People have so many ways to receive information now, making it more important than ever that we find the best channels to share the story of employers with our members, elected officials and the public.”

Hagey received a degree in English from Portland State University. He lives in Gig Harbor with his wife and two children.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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