Casey Cochrane, a veteran chamber of commerce staff member, volunteer chairman and industry representative, will begin as executive director of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Nov. 3rd.

Most recently with SCJ Alliance, an engineering and planning firm in Lacey, Cochrane previously represented Puget Sound Energy in Thurston County, managing the utility’s government relations. In that role, he was also volunteer chair of the Thurston County Chamber for one year. 

Cochrane’s first engagement with chamber work came as a long-time staff director at Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce more than a decade ago.

In the Yelm position, he succeeds Cecelia Jenkins.