WTSC Welcomes New Program Director

Olympia – The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) would like to announce the hiring of Wade Alonzo as its new Program Director, effective July 2.

“We are pleased to welcome Wade to the Traffic Safety Commission. We’re excited for him to add his many talents to our team, and for his commitment to helping us work towards our goal of Target Zero,” said Pam Pannkuk, Deputy Director of WTSC.

Mr. Alonzo comes to the WTSC from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, where he was the Boating Law Administrator. He and his staff managed two federally funded statewide programs: the Clean Vessel Program funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Recreational Boating Safety Program funded by the United States Coast Guard.

Mr. Alonzo holds a Masters of Business degree from Washington State University with an emphasis in marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in forest science from the University of Idaho.  His other previous experience includes 17 years at the Department of Natural Resources in a wide variety of roles ranging from Constituent Relations Manager in the Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands, to aquatic lands district manager, forester, and wildland firefighter. Mr. Alonzo was also the Chair of National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Paddlesport Safety Committee and was a board member of the Western States Boating Administrators Association for five years. He resides in Tumwater with his wife and three children.

The WTSC wishes Mr. Alonzo’s predecessor, Myke Gable, all the best as he heads into retirement.