- Certified Business Advisor
CJ’s experience includes nearly 20 years of executive planning, administration, financial strategy, and marketing in both the non-profit and private sectors. She served in leadership positions with several of Bellingham’s nonprofit and governmental organizations. She has also held a senior-level position with a successful, rapidly growing commercial construction firm.
CJ first brought her passion and business management skills to the Small Business Development Center, or SBDC, in Bellingham as a Certified Business Advisor in 2005. CJ’s strong financial analysis and marketing skills assisted SBDC clients by counseling over 300 businesses, generating over $10M in new investments, and saving or creating over 300 jobs in Whatcom County.
During a hiatus from the SBDC during the great recession, CJ was the Northwest Area Director for the Employment Security Department (ESD), for Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties for three years. CJ was responsible for ESD’s service delivery in Bellingham, Mt. Vernon, and Oak Harbor centers, serving the four-county area’s job seekers and employers through the WorkSource system. CJ returned to the SBDC as director at WWU’s SBDC center in Bellingham in 2014.
CJ has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Western Washington University.