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John Sternlicht
CEO

Economic Development

John Sternlicht, attorney and certified economic developer, was selected as the third executive director of EDASC in its 43 year history.  He brings senior executive expertise in law, economic development, community relations, public policy, finance, and government relations with a domestic and international focus.  John...

Jennifer Brookes
Director of Finance and Administration

Economic Development

Jennifer Brookes brings more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience to support EDASC’s mission.  Jennifer graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting, and passed the CPA exam at her first sitting.  She started her career at a...

Sean Connell
Director of Business Recruitment

Economic Development

Sean Connell is a public policy professional with extensive experience bridging the international, national, state and local levels.  Prior to joining EDASC, Sean was director of trade and economic development for Snohomish County, Washington.  He previously served as executive director of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and director...

Lynne Jordan
Director of Investor Relations, Communications and Events

Economic Development

Lynne Jordan comes to EDASC with 15 years of non-profit and public sector experience in Washington.  She has led development and communications programs for marine, agriculture, transportation, and conservation organizations, most recently as development and communications director at Skagit Land Trust.  Lynne is a 2014...

Andrew Miller
Director of Business Retention and Expansion

Economic Development

Andrew Miller is a proud Skagit County native and has returned to Skagit Valley to raise his six children after leading global teams at Amazon, Expedia, and Weyerhaeuser and a distinguished military career as an intelligence, counter-terrorism, homeland security and cyber operations officer.  A nationally-recognized...

Diana Morelli-Klima
Director of Latino Business Retention and Expansion

Economic Development

Diana Morelli-Klima earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages, Literature and Linguistics from the University of Washington.  From 2004 through 2012, and again from 2015 to the present, she has served as director of the EDASC Latino business retention and expansion program, the only program of...

Annette Pankey
Office Manager

Economic Development

Annette Pankey joined EDASC in June 2015, bringing with her over 15 years of executive administrative experience in government, corporate and not-for-profit arenas.  As office manager she provides administrative support to EDASC’s CEO and staff.  She previously served as executive assistant to the President of...

Tony Salas
SBDC Certified Business Advisor

Economic Development

Tony joined the SBDC Network in 2015 after 35 years in the retail and restaurant industries.  Tony has served as a manager, district manager, regional manager, trainer, and consultant, and over 20 years as the owner of a consultancy to help small and medium sized...

Kathryn Bennett
Director of Leadership Skagit, EDASC Foundation

Economic Development

In her position as the director of Leadership Skagit, Kathryn Bennett is responsible for the program’s ongoing development, delivery and direction.  Prior to joining the EDASC Foundation in 2008 as the director of its community leadership program, Bennett served in executive director positions with the...

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