WEDA Leadership

WEDA is managed by economic development professionals from around the state who represent a diverse group of organizations.

The Executive Committee’s objective is to turn WEDA’s mission and goals into reality in partnership with the Executive Director, who manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Executive Committee meetings are held via video conference on the third Thursday of each month.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of 20 members from public and private organizations from across Washington. Board nominations are sought prior to the Summer Conference and an election is conducted at the annual meeting during the Summer Conference. Board members serve for a term of three years.

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

The Executive Committee provides strategic guidance to the Executive Director and makes major 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.

CHAIR

Gary Ballew

Vice President of Economic Development

Greater Spokane Incorporated

Incoming Chair & LEG. COMMITTEE CHAIR

Alisha Benson

Chief Executive Officer

Greater Spokane Incorporated

IMMEDIATE PAST Chair

Mike Bomar

Director of Economic Development

Port of Vancouver USA

Secretary

Teresa Brum

Economic Development Manager

City of Vancouver

Treasurer & Conference Planning Committee Chair

Betty Capestany

Director

Pierce County Economic Development

Vice chair

Chris Green

Assistant Director, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness

Washington State Department of Commerce

Vice Chair

Gina Stark

Economic Development Project Manager

Port of Bellingham

Board of Directors

Director

Jennifer Baker

President

Director

Michael Cade

Executive Director

Director

Garry Clark

President & CEO

Director

Karl Dye

President/CEO

Director

Dru Garson

Director of Strategic Engagement

Director

Jennifer Hackman

Economic Development Manager

Director

Roni Holder-Diefenbach

Executive Director

Director

Bruce Kendall

President & CEO

Director

Jeff Marcell

Senior Partner

Director

Tiffany Scott

CEO

Director

Jonathan Smith

Executive Director

Director

John Sternlicht

CEO

Director

Mandy Wallner

Economic Development Manager

Economic Development Manager

Staff

WEDA Executive director

Suzanne Dale Estey

Legislative Advocacy

Jennifer Ziegler

Operations & Events

Carey Sheffield

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