Rogers was appointed as the director of the Washington State
Department of Commerce in 2009 by Governor Chris Gregoire. In that role, Rogers
led an agency with more than one hundred programs representing nearly a billion
dollars per year of spending, including activities from international trade and
business recruitment to energy policy to infrastructure investment programs
such as the Public Works Board and the Housing Trust Fund.
Rogers grew up in the southeastern United States and
graduated from Duke University in 1985 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He
moved to Boston where he worked for management consulting firm Bain &
Company for three years as an associate consultant and then consultant. After
graduating from Wharton Business School, he moved to the Northwest to work for
Microsoft, serving in a variety of business roles, including managing teams in
the Windows, Mobile Devices, Online Content and Consumer Software divisions,
and rising to vice president over sixteen years there.
He is currently working for a clean tech startup in Seattle
named 1Energy Systems. He serves on the boards of the Technology Alliance and
Building Changes. Rogers lives in Seattle with his wife and three sons and
enjoys running, golf and crossword puzzles.