Christine Daniel is the new executive director for the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce.
Daniel officially took over the position on June 19 from Coreen Haydock who resigned to go work in the public sector.
Daniel brings more than 25 years of customer service, education, volunteer and public relations work experience to the Chamber.
For the past 13 years, Daniel has worked for both profit and not-profit organizations in Kitsap and Mason counties.
She also has served as an active member on several steering committees that have helped guide environmental education outreach objectives in the Hood Canal and South Sound region.
In her capacity as an environmental educator, she served as a board member of the South Sound Estuary Association, on the Washington E3 Steering Committee, on the Washington Department of Natural Resources Recreational Planning Committee, and has been an active member of the Hood Canal Watershed Education Network.
Daniel said her goal as executive director is to work closely with the Board of Trustees and the local community.
“I hope to foster and enhance local businesses and organizations that will help to build positive economic growth and improve the quality of life of South Kitsap residents and its visitors,” Daniel said.
To reach these goals, she plans to support the local community by providing educational resources and opportunities for businesses, promoting community and business events.
She also intends to support and act as a strong advocate for businesses, tourism and education in Port Orchard.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve Port Orchard and I’m impressed by the synergy and economic momentum I have seen by members of its community,” Daniel said. “I encourage new businesses and individuals to join the Chamber, to get involved and to be part of the action that is moving Port Orchard forward.”
Daniel was raised in Kitsap County and graduated from Olympic College. She later moved to Alaska where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education and natural resources management at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka.
While living in Alaska, Daniel worked in the commercial fishing industry at a fish hatchery, co-owned an ecotourism business and was an educator in the public school system.