NCWEDD members are responsible for the overall direction of the agency. NCWEDD members often use their association within the organization to network with one another and collaborate on challenges and success. This becomes a tremendous resource and benefit to our various areas and projects. If your organization would like information or to learn more about the benefits of membership, feel free to contact the EDD at

2022 NCWEDD Board of Directors

Executive Board:

  • Past Chair: Kurt Danison, Highland Associates
  • Chair: Matthew Pleasants – Colville Confederated Tribes
  • Vice-Chair: Craig Larsen, Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority
  • Treasurer: Renee Swearigen, Entiat Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary: Roni Holder-Diefenbach, Okanogan County Economic Alliance
  • Douglas County Rep: Commissioner Jim Huffman, Chelan-Douglas Regional Port Authority
  • Chelan County Rep: Gina Muller, Hilton Garden Inn, Wenatchee
  • Okanogan County Rep: Commissioner Chris Branch, Okanogan County Commissioner
  • Historically Underserved Rep: Mima Cole, Mima’s Famous Salsa
  • Tribal Rep: Matthew Pleasants, Colville Confederate                                                            

Board of Directors:

  • Aaron Todd, Cashmere Downtown Bike
  • Craig Larson, Chelan-Douglas Regional Port Authority
  • Joe Gluzinski, Blue Sky Food Shack
  • JC Baldwin, GTC
  • Jill Thompson, Waterville Mayor
  • Melissa LaFayette, National Development Council
  • Olga Camarena, Numerica Credit union
  • Trevor Lane, Washington State University
2022 NCWEDD Members
  • City of Chelan
  • City of Brewster
  • Wenatchee Skill Source
  • Colville Confederated Tribes

NCWEDD Board and Membership Meetings

Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 8:45 – 11:00 AM. Meetings are held online via Zoom at this time.Meetings are open to the public and link to join meeting can be accessed by contacting

BOARD Meeting Minutes



The North Central Washington Economic Development District (NCWEDD) is a federally-designated economic development district for the NCW region covering Okanogan, Douglas, and Chelan counties and the Colville Confederated Tribes. The NCWEDD is a membership-driven agency that is responsible for regional economic development strategy and planning. We collaborate with various private and public agencies to accomplish this goal.



  • Housing
  • Infrastructure/Broadband
  • Workforce Development
  • Small Business Support
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Agriculture


  • Supernova Business Launch Competition 
  • Recovery & Resiliency Project
  • Economic Forum
  • Tourism as an Economic Driver
  • Opportunity Zones
  • Cares Act Funding to support tourism in partnership with The Cascade Loop
  • Multiple North Star Opportunity Zone projects begin
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