Meet our Executive Director! Jennifer Baria has been with the EDC since 2005 and worked her way up earning her current position 3 years ago. Jennifer negotiates contracts and strategizes with the state and local department of commerce and our partners and board members. She does all the behind the scenes work with investors and developers as far away as London! She also serves on the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council. Jennifer maintains our organizations leadership role in the region which includes counties of Thurston, Lewis, Pacific, and Gray Harbor.
Jennifer was raised in Denton, Texas before moving to Olympia for her father’s career. She loves all things decoration and design! Her dog Cooper can be found greeting visitors in our office and occasionally heard snoring through Zoom meetings.