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Josh Brown named executive director of Puget Sound Regional Council
SEATTLE — Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown will become the new executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
Brown was selected after a nationwide search to succeed Bob Drewel, who is retiring at the end of this year. Brown was named to the position by PSRC's Executive Board in a unanimous vote today and will start work on Jan. 2.
Brown is the senior member of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, representing the Central Kitsap District which includes the unincorporated communities of Silverdale, Tracyton, Seabeck, Illahee, Brownsville, Crosby, Holly, Rocky Point, and the majority of the residents in the City of Bremerton.
He has previously served as PSRC president, and as a member of PSRC's Transportation, Growth Management, and Economic Development District boards. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in City and Regional Planning. Prior to being elected as Kitsap County Commissioner, Brown worked as a commercial real estate broker for five years.
Born and raised in the Puget Sound region, he is the son of a Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker and graduated from North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo.
Brown's annual salary at the PSRC will be $185,000.
“Josh brings the perfect mix of energy, experience, and commitment to regional collaboration to the role of PSRC executive director,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, PSRC president. “He is deeply familiar with all aspects of PSRC and has shown outstanding ability to bring people together on transportation, growth, and economic development issues.”
McCarthy chaired the executive director search committee, which included 11 other PSRC board members representing the region's counties, cities, ports, and transportation agencies.
Brown was selected from a group of 115 candidates applying for the job.
“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as PSRC’s Executive Director. The challenges confronting our region-from economic competiveness to protecting our quality of life-can only be solved with collaboration and partnerships. I am excited at the opportunity to work with the leaders of our region as PSRC's Executive Director,” said Brown.
PSRC coordinates regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.
The agency selects projects to receive federal transportation funding and is a key resource for data and forecasts on population, transportation, and the economy. PSRC is also the lead regional economic development planning organization and home to the Prosperity Partnership.
“As Kitsap County commissioner for the past seven years, Josh has shown the patience, perseverance and leadership qualities needed to improve the management of county affairs and encourage productive relationships,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, member of PSRC's Economic Development District Board. “In addition to his work at the county, he has become well known as a regional leader on transportation, economic development, and growth management. We wish him all the best in his new role as executive director of PSRC.”