Meet our team
Our dedicated, hardworking, and creative staff members make our programs possible every single day. Our main office line is 253-237-3545.
Andrea Keikkala, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Raised in Juneau, Alaska, Andrea began her career in the office of State Senator Stedman after graduating from Gonzaga University with a Master’s Degree. It was here that she developed her passion for working to better the lives of the people in the various communities the Senator served. It wasn’t long after starting her career that she moved to Sitka, Alaska to lead the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. After two years in Sitka, she took the opportunity to move to Kent to work as the CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce for the last decade. During her time in Kent she developed a robust Workforce Development program along with an extensive body of work in Government Affairs and a plethora of fun and innovative networking and fundraising events. She is a lifelong learner having earned a second Master’s Degree from Gonzaga in 2014 in Organizational Leadership and continues to look for ways to challenge herself and grow every day. When the opportunity was offered to explore a career with Washington Business Week, Andrea seized the opportunity to turn her passion for youth and workforce development to be her main driving focus. She is excited to work with the dedicated volunteers and professional staff of WBW.
Andrea may be reached at email@example.com
Nicole Winters, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Nicole grew up near St. Paul, Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and most recently worked for a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, before joining Washington Business Week in 2018. Nicole enjoys working with youth in areas such as leadership development, and can often be seen on Saturday mornings working in her local community garden.
Nicole can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Mannisto, STUDENT RECRUITER & PROGRAM MANAGER
Claire grew up in Belmont, California, just outside San Francisco. Claire earned her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She has lived in Seattle for the last two years, and most recently worked as a recruiter for an international summer camp, before joining Washington Business Week in 2018. Claire enjoys working with students and giving them opportunities to reach their full potential. In her free time, she likes traveling around Washington State seeking out adventure and the best food spots.
Claire may be reached at email@example.com
Laura Vergara, FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Laura was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Washington. Laura is passionate about helping the community through financial literacy and economic empowerment programs. In her free time, she can be found enjoying nature with her dog, or at her favorite coffee shops.
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