Commissioners' Office, MS-4
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA, 98366
Phone:(360)337-7146 * Fax:(360)337-4632

Robert Gelder, District 1 Commissioner
March 2011

Commissioner Robert Gelder was born and raised in a small upstate New York community where his family still resides. Robert was Salutatorian for his high school graduating class in 1984. He went on to receive a degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 1988. He also had the opportunity to study Norwegian at the University of Oslo, Norway as part of the International Summer School hosted by St. Olaf College.

It was through friendships made in Norway that Commissioner Gelder made the decision to move to Seattle in January 1990. He realized quickly the Pacific Northwest offered a quality of life and experience that rivaled anything upstate New York could offer – except perhaps the colors of fall foliage in the Fingerlakes Region.

Commissioner Gelder’s career has afforded him the opportunity to focus on service to the community whether that be health-related services or human services. With 20-plus years working in the not-for-profit sector, he has over a decade of experience as either the chief executive or as a member of the senior leadership team.

With an emphasis on resource development and community relations, Commissioner Gelder appreciates the role community plays in the fulfillment of an organization’s mission. Prior to serving as County Commissioner, Robert served for over two years on the County’s Citizen Budget Advisory Committee.

Commissioner Gelder has called North Kitsap home for over twelve years, with the past nine years residing in the Brownsville area. He enjoys boating, hiking, camping, travel, experiencing different cultures and spending quality time with friends and family, often centered around good food and conversation.


Last Updated:  March 17, 2016