Joe Morrison. Courtesy of KEDA.

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) has confirmed that Joe Morrison will be its new executive director. 

Morrison currently lives in downtown Port Orchard with his wife, Clare. He holds an MBA from IE Business School and a Bachelor’s in English from Vassar College.

“Right now, team KEDA’s 100 percent priority is to make sure we’re doing what we can to help Kitsap businesses and citizens in these challenging times,” said Morrison when asked about his approach to Kitsap in a release. “We’re probably going to be in that mode for a while. Beyond, I truly see bright economic skies for Kitsap that involve continued collaboration with the defense industry, dialing in our cluster-based economic development, and growing our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Prior to joining KEDA, Morrison built and scaled the 49th State Angel Fund, the Municipality of Anchorage’s $12.7 million economic development fund which invests in Alaska startups as a way to seek community and financial return.

“We’re excited to bring Joe on board,” said Microsoft’s Nathan Evans, who is also a KEDA Board Chair, in the release. “Joe’s broad experience spans economic development, finance, and innovation and entrepreneurship — all great for Kitsap.”