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Joel Benoliel

regent joel benolielJoel Benoliel retired in 2014 after 22 years as Senior Vice President Administration and Chief Legal Officer at Costco Wholesale Corporation. A native of Seattle, Joel earned both his undergraduate degree in Political Science and his JD at the UW.

After seven years of general law practice at the firm of MacDonald, Hoague, and Bayless in Seattle, Joel joined the Jack A. Benaroya Company as its Vice President and General Counsel in 1978, until the company was sold in 1984. From 1984 to 1992, Joel worked as a commercial real estate developer with Trammell Crow Company and later as a founding partner of Spieker Partners. In 1992, Joel joined Costco Wholesale to run both the Legal and Real Estate Development departments. He was later promoted to Senior Vice President and served on the company’s Executive Committee for 21 years, having responsibility for Compliance, Membership and Marketing, Travel, Business Delivery, and Community Relations and Charitable Giving during that time.

Joel has served as a Trustee of Seattle Children’s Hospital since 2008, and has been active in many other local nonprofit organizations, primarily focused on the health and education of children. He has served as an active alumnus at the UW School of Law for decades, and currently co-chairs the Capital Campaign Committee for the Law School.

Joel is married to Maureen Benoliel, a retired educator and community volunteer, who serves as a Trustee at her alma mater, Seattle University.

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee from January 5, 2016 to September 30, 2021
  • Awaiting Senate confirmation