Why She Matters
Suzan DelBene was born in Selma, Ala., and moved at a young age to Bellevue, Wash. She currently resides in Medina. She received a bachelor's degree from Reed College and a master's degree from the University of Washington. DelBene is a former Microsoft executive, most recently serving as vice president of the company's mobile communications business. She also served as a top executive for two technology startups, including Drugstore.com, which she helped create. She has consulted with Global Partnerships, a microfinance nonprofit, and directed the Washington State Department of Revenue from 2010 until January 2012. DelBene and her husband, Kurt, have two children.