Derek Sandison

Director - Washington State Department of Agriculture


Derek Sandison was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Inslee effective June 15, 2015.

As WSDA director, Derek oversees an agency responsible for animal health, plant inspections, food safety, fruit and grain inspection and certification, weights and measures, pesticide registration and marketing the state's agricultural products regionally and globally.

Derek is familiar to many in the agriculture industry from his previous role as director of the state Department of Ecology's Office of Columbia River, where he oversaw numerous water supply development projects important to farmers and ranchers.

He was also a principal architect of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan and has played a key role in the Odessa Ground Water Replacement Project.

Contact Information

Business Address
P.O. Box 42560
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504-2560

Assistant Contact Information

Assistant Name
Megan Finkenbinder
Assistant Email Address
Assistant Phone Number
(360) 902-1887