Walla Walla Valley Wine Cluster Economic Development Project

Regional Partners




Anderson, Myles

Retired Director of WWCC Enology and Viticulture program; Owner/Winemaker, Walla Walla Vintners

Member of the Walla Walla wine industry; serves on Enology and Viticulture Program Advisory Committee

Campbell, Jon

Board Member, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation

Works with downtown businesses to encourage development and revitalization of historic buildings

Christophersen, Kjell and Robison, Hank

President, CCbenefits, Inc. and Senior Economist, Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.

Consultants for regional and cluster economic analysis

Clubb, Martin

Owner/Managing Winemaker, L'Ecole No. 41

Wine industry representative; serves on WWCC Enology and Viticulture Program Advisory Committee

Davidson, Michael

CEO/President, Tourism Walla Walla

Promotes Walla Walla as a tourist destination

Dickinson, Jennie

Manager, Port of Dayton; Past Executive Director, Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Works with Dayton area businesses to increase development in the community

Figgins, Chris

Owner/Winemaker, Leonetti Cellars

Wine Industry representative; Chair, WWCC Enology and Viticulture Program Advisory Committee

Forge, Greg

General Counsel, Acorn Ventures; Organizing committee member of a regional group created to address community planning and problem solving

Instrumental in assisting community members in the Walla Walla region with establishment of processes to manage community change

Johnson, Hulette

Economic Development Director, Umatilla County

Works with Umatilla County officials and organizations to increase development in the area

Knight, Lawson

Executive Director, Blue Mountain Community Foundation

Promotes and fosters private charitable giving, provides management of funds, and financially supports students and charitable organizations to improve the quality of community life

Gerola, Paul

Economic Development Director, Port of Walla Walla

Responsible for fostering economic development throughout Walla Walla County

Martin-Calder, Elizabeth

Executive Director, Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance

Promotes the wines of the Walla Walla Valley through various marketing efforts

McFarland, Jon

Executive Director, Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce

Works with Milton-Freewater area businesses to increase development in the community

Moss, Steve

Chief Executive Officer, Blue Mountain Action Council

Works to meet the basic needs of low-income individuals and families, offers opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency, develops and implements strategies to prevent poverty, and leverages community support, service and volunteerism

Mussman, Kyle

Owner and General Manager, Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center

Hospitality industry representative

O'Brien, Tom

Director, Eastern Washington Partnership-Workforce Development Council

Administers a workforce development system to meet the needs of employers, workers, job seekers and youth in Eastern Washington

Storchmann, Karl

Associate Professor of Economics, Whitman College; founder, Journal of Wine Economics

Teaches and conducts research on wine economics

VanAusdle, Steven

President, Walla Walla Community College

Provides leadership and collaboration for regional economic development

Velluzzi, Nick

Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington Geography Dept.

Economic geographer studying the Walla Walla Valley wine cluster

Warkentin, Dave

President/CEO, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce

Works to foster a sustainable, healthy, and vibrant economic environment through business promotion, advocacy, education, and services

Watkins, Mike

Economic Development, City of Milton-Freewater

Works with Milton-Freewater officials and organizations to increase development in the area

Weber, Jennie

Area Director, WorkSource Walla Walla

Provides a full range of employment and training services to job seekers and employers