Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe announces new economic development authority director

SEQUIM — Kyle E. Johnson will soon head the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Economic Development Authority as its new executive director.

Johnson is a former Marine Corps officer and most recently served as an administration manager for the tribe’s social and community services department.

His experience centers on project management, tech systems integration and organizational development.

At the EDA, Johnson will work on the tribe’s economic development strategy.

His goals include diversifying the tribe’s business opportunities outside of the hospitality industry, promoting self-reliance and creating jobs, capitalizing on business ventures early and maximizing the resources available to a sovereign nation, according to a news release.

Johnson will work closely with the EDA board, which is composed of tribal citizens: chair Jack Grinnell, secretary/treasurer Matthew C. Adams and members Celeste Dybeck, Louis Kardonsky and LaTrisha Ollum-Suggs.

“Kyle brings a passion and a young, entrepreneurial perspective to the EDA,” Grinnell said. “He’s a good fit. He’s energetic. He’s already met with his two predecessors, as well as many local and regional leaders and business owners. He’s got his eyes open and his feet on the ground. He’ll take a good look at where we are now, and then begin vetting all of our opportunities for the future.”

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