SEATTLE, March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), a non-profit organization dedicated to building a strong and sustainable technology sector in a thriving community, today announced a series of leadership elections, including David Cotter as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Kristen Forecki as vice-chairman of the board. Cotter and Forecki will each occupy their new positions over the next two years.
“Guided by Heather RedmanWTIA has seen incredible growth over the past two years with the introduction of a new DEI office and the development of the Anti-Racism in Tech Pact, among other milestones,” said Michael Schutzler, CEO of WTIA. “With Dave and Kristen at the helm, we are well positioned to move these initiatives forward and build a thriving tech sector in our state.”
David Cotter is a seasoned leader and entrepreneur in the technology industry. He provides an in-depth understanding of the talent acquisition and retention challenges facing the industry through his experience in large corporations and startups. Cotter has become an active voice in the discussion of social equity and diversity in the Seattle tech community, offering a perspective on how business leaders can take active steps to dismantle racism.
Cotter is currently a product manager at Leafly. Previously, he led product teams at Nordstrom, Amazon Web Services, RealNetworks, Microsoft, Oracle and other large technology companies. He has been a member of the WTIA Board of Directors for four years.
“The washington state The technology sector plays a vital role in creating jobs, economic growth and advancing key workplace priorities including diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Cotter. “The role of the tech industry has become even more critical over the past year as we strive to rebuild our cities and communities that have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a privilege to take on this role and work with the WTIA team to foster a strong technology ecosystem that helps the state thrive.”
A 2020 Puget Sound Business Journal Member “40 Under 40”, Kristen Forecki has become a dynamic leader in from Seattle technology industry. Forecki is Vice President of Supply at Convoy and served on the WTIA Board of Directors for two years. Prior to joining Convoy, she quickly rose through the ranks of large corporations, including General Mills, Amazon and Rover, where she developed and led core organizational teams.
“As a member of the WTIA Board of Directors, I have seen firsthand the ability of the organization to tackle the challenges that really matter to our member companies, from benefits for small startups to a central voice on workplace equity for businesses of all sizes,” Forecki said. “I’m ready to help the WTIA through its next chapter as we continue to support the growth of our communities and advocate for policies that will create a strong and growing tech sector.”
former president, Heather Redman, will be emeritus for one year. The full list of the WTIA Board of Directors is available here.
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a strong and sustainable technology industry and supporting a thriving community. WTIA’s transformation programs leverage the collective power of the technology industry for more than 1,000 member companies and their employees. WTIA includes the 501c6 WTIA Member Trade Association, the 501c3 WTIA Workforce Institute dba Apprentice and the for-profit company HR Benefits, Inc.
SOURCE Technology Industry Association of Washington