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The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee manages the organization and makes decisions between the meetings of the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee takes the mission and goals of the Board and works to make it a reality in partnership with the Executive Director.

JONATHAN SMITH, CHAIR
Yakima County Development Association

Jonathan has a Master's Degree in Communication & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor's Degree in Public Communication with a minor in Economics from the University of Idaho. Since joining the EDC in 2005, Jonathan has assisted seven companies in relocating to Grant County. These companies have spent over $450 million in construction of new facilities and have created 280 full time jobs that pay approximately $14 million in annual wages and salaries.

 

Robin Toth, PAST-CHAIR
VP, Business Development, Greater Spokane Incorporated

Robin Toth has been with Greater Spokane Incorporated since January 2005, serving now as the Vice President of Business Development for the Economic Development department. In this role, Robinís primary responsibilities are to manage recruitment, retention and expansion activities. In addition, her activities also include working with municipal partners in the development of capacity-building projects and to help drive growth in regional industry clusters such as aerospace, clean technology and health sciences. Several of the projects Robin has led have won national and international awards and media attention.

Prior to joining Greater Spokane Incorporated, Robin assisted in leading the City of Spokane's economic development efforts, and was a marketing and communications professional for World Wide Packets, Packet Engines and Itron, Inc.

Robin has a degree in Transportation from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, and attended Eastern Washington Universityís International Marketing program. In addition to being a member of the WEDA board, Robin also sits on the boards of the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance, the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance.

MIKE BOMAR, CHAIR-ELECT
President , Columbia River Economic Development Council

Mike Bomar is the President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council. Prior to being appointed president of CREDC, Mike served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Washington Contractors Association for three and a half years, and spent six years with the Building Industry Association of Clark County in their governmental affairs department. Mike currently sits on a number of professional and nonprofit organization boards including the Clark County Skill Center Advisory Council, Development Engineering Advisory Board and the WSUV Alumni Advisory Board. Mike holds a bachelorís degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington and a masterís degree in Public Affairs from Washington State University Vancouver.

CHRIS GREEEN, VICE-CHAIR

Chris Green is Assistant Director of the Washington State Dept. of Commerce and leads the Stateís Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, which includes the International Trade, Business Recruitment/Retention and Rural Economic Development units. Previously, Chris served for seven years as Vice President for Business Retention and Expansion for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, a private, non-profit organization focused on recruiting and retaining businesses in Pierce County. While at the EDB Chris worked with hundreds of firms helping them to identify tax incentives, workforce training options, financing packages and a variety of other resources to help them grow and create jobs. Chris also served as Co-Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce Aerospace Partners, a group focused on growing and improving the local aerospace industry.

Prior to his work at the EDB, Chris worked in government relations and also worked on the staff of several elected officials, including former Congressman Norm Dicks, current Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and current Congressman Derek Kilmer.

Chris holds a Bachelorís of Science Degree in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Washington. He and his wife Shannon live in Tacoma with their three children.

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DENISE DYER, TREASURER
Director, Pierce County Economic Development Department

Denise Dyer holds an appointed position with the Pierce County Executiveís Office as Manager of the Economic Development Division. She has been working at Pierce County on behalf of the business community since 1988. She left a commercial banking career when she was hired as the Countyís first Business Loan Officer. She became the Countyís first Manager of Economic Development in 1998 and works on a variety of projects affecting Pierce Countyís business climate and providing direct service to the Countyís businesses.

Denise is on the Countyís Chambers Creek Management Committee (representing the Countyís property holdings including the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place which hosted the US Amateur in 2010 and will host the US Open in 2015.) In addition to being on the board of WEDA, she is a Member of the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center of Tacoma, the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitorís Bureau, the Greater Seattle Trade Development Alliance, and the Port of Tacoma Local Redevelopment Agency. Denise is the Honorary Commander of the Fourth Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a graduate of the University of Washington-Tacoma.


TERESA BRUM, SECRETARY
Economic Development Manager, City of Vancouver

Teresa Brum is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Vancouver, Washington. She has over 22 years of experience in municipal government directing departments related to community and economic development. Prior to coming to Vancouver in 2014, Teresa directed the City of Spokaneís Business and Development Services department, which was formed under her leadership to consolidate programs into the cityís first formally-recognized economic development department.

Teresa has developed award-winning local government programs, including start-up business district revitalization programs and incentive programs for urban revitalization in Washington and Kentucky. In previous work in the private sector, she worked in the real estate field in Washington D.C. and Western Washington.

Teresa holds a masterís degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning from Eastern Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University.