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Speaker: Board and annual report along with Representative Derek Kilmer
Derek Kilmer serves as the United States Representative of Washington’s 6th Congressional District.
With over a decade of experience working in economic development in the Puget Sound region, Derek Kilmer is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work.
Born and raised in Port Angeles, Derek saw firsthand how the region's economy has struggled, and the impact that has had on families and communities. Derek wanted to make a difference in his community, so he chose to study public policy, looking for ways to help economically struggling communities. He received a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford in England.
Derek put his education into practice right here in Washington, first as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he helped businesses, non-profits, and government agencies run more efficiently. He moved closer to the community he was raised in so he could put his experience in economic development to use helping to retain jobs and attract new employers during the decade he worked for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.
He then ran for public office, serving in Olympia in the Washington State House and the Washington State Senate before being elected to the U.S. House in 2012.
During his time in Congress, Derek been recognized by a wide variety of groups for his effectiveness and advocacy, including being named a Hero of Main Street by the National Retail Federation, and honored with a Legislative Action Award by the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Spirit of Enterprise Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Chicken & Spinach Lasagna
Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Up