Commissioner Katie Walters, representing Central Kitsap, was elected to the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners in November 2022.
Commissioner Walters worked in non-profits and education for over 30 years. She most recently served as the executive director of the Leadership Kitsap Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating and preparing our community's leaders to serve. She taught many years at Olympic College as an adjunct professor and continues to serve on the college's Organizational Leadership and Resource Management Advisory Committee. She helped open the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in 2013 and served as the museum's marketing and community relations director.
Commissioner Walters has extensive community and board experience including serving as president of the Central Kitsap Montessori Parents Association and with the Kitsap Soap Box Derby Association, Boy Scouts of America (she's a proud mom of three Eagle Scouts), and Central Kitsap School District and Klahowya Secondary School advisory committees. She was appointed to the Kitsap County Arts Board and served as president of the Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees. She is also a Bremerton Rotarian.
Commissioner Walters has lived in Kitsap County, with her husband David, since 1991. She was born in Spokane and raised in Helena, Montana. She attended Gonzaga University where she received her bachelor of arts degree in public relations with a concentration in political science in 1989. She went on to earn a master's degree in communications from Washington State University in 1990 and later a certificate in museum studies from the University of Washington in 2012.
Commissioner Walters looks forward to using her professional experience and community connections to bring our community together to meet the many challenges facing Kitsap. She will ensure a county government that is accountable and accessible.
"The next update of the County's 20-year Comprehensive Plan is due in December 2024. Your input is needed to shape the vision for Central Kitsap's land use, environment, housing, economic development, parks and recreation, capital facilities, utilities, and transportation. Please join me in planning for our next 20 years of population and employment growth through the year 2044 by becoming involved in the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update."
Commissioner Walters may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.