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Staff

Meet Our Team of Experienced Economic Development Professionals
Bruce Kendall

Bruce is the driving force behind the EDB. He's an impassioned liaison to the board members and the broader community, enthusiastically advocating for regional economic opportunity in Tacoma-Pierce County. To schedule a meeting with Bruce, please contact Deborah Kelly.

Sarah Bonds
Vice President for Business Recruitment [email protected] (253) 284-5892

Sarah works directly with businesses and consultants to provide key information and assistance to land primary employers throughout all of Pierce County. Her work includes helping companies with site selection, exploring incentives, assisting with permitting, and connecting clients to workforce development resources.

Deborah Kelly

Deborah keeps the EDB going, overseeing the complex day-to-day logistics of a lean office team. She provides top level support to Bruce Kendall, including scheduling. Contact Deborah for help routing your inquiry to the correct EDB staff person.

Maddie Merton
Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion [email protected] (253) 284-5891

Maddie manages the EDB’s relationships with existing primary businesses, delivering solutions to help them grow and succeed. She meets with an annual portfolio of 200 companies ranging from small, mid-sized, and large across multiple industry sectors. Her work includes navigating federal, state and local incentives, accessing financing and grant programs, permitting and regulatory assistance, connections to workforce development resources and management consulting.

Tamsin Bell
Vice President of Business Development [email protected] (253) 284-5889

Tamsin handles the EDB's cluster acceleration teams comprised of industry and community leaders from across the South Sound, catalyzing the implementation of the strategies developed by the teams, researching target industries and specific firms, and industrial revenue bond financing.

Tenley Melton

Tenley is part of the EDB accounting team. She handles all of our account receivable, account payables, and investor pledges. Please email Tenley with any accounting related questions.

Grant Tyman
Senior Partner of Strategy & Operations, NEXT [email protected] 253.383.4726

Grant is a strategic leader across public, private, and non-profit sectors nationwide. He specializes in leader development, organizational change, equity literacy, racial equity, policy development, community engagement and youth outreach.

Rachel Askew
Founder & Senior Partner of Strategy & Innovation, NEXT [email protected] 253.383.4726

Rachel is on a passionate mission to come alongside organizations and individuals to establish equitable, inclusive, and transformative leaders for world-changing communities. With a BA in Organizational Communication Rachel specializes in executive coaching, strategic action planning, and stakeholder engagement.

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