Thomas J. Cable

Board Member

Vice-Chair, Washington Research Foundation


Thomas J. Cable has played leading roles in finance and investment firms for much of his distinguished career. He was a partner in Cable, Howse & Ragen, investment bankers (now known as Ragen Mackenzie, a division of Wells Fargo) and co-founder of Cable & Howse Ventures. With the latter firm, Cable was a founding investor in Immunex and Zymogenetics and served on those corporations’ boards of directors.

He co-founded the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) in 1981 and currently serves as vice-chair. WRF assists universities and other nonprofit research institutions in the state of Washington with commercialization of their technologies and provides support, through gifts and grants, for their scholarship and research. Cable chairs the board of PeachHealth Peace Island Medical Center and serves on the boards of Omeros Corporation and the San Juan Island Community Foundation. He is chairman of the advisory board of the Applied Physics Laboratory and is a member of the advancement board of Friday Harbor Laboratories.

He is past chairman of the University of Washington President’s Club, co-founder and vice chairman of the Technology Alliance and a founder of the Alliance of Angels, organizations dedicated to successful technology development by Northwest-based entrepreneurs. Cable is a former U.S. Navy submarine officer, and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.