Our team of dedicated professionals is excited to bring the vision for Field Hall to life and enrich our community.
“No matter where I’ve worked or lived, I’ve always referred to Port Angeles, Washington as home. Now not only have I returned to the place I love but I also get to be a part of the most exciting and important project of my lifetime.”
Prior to joining the project, Chris led strategic planning and business development for the Petrizzo Group, a D.C.-based bipartisan lobbying firm whose Pacific Northwest clients included Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Vulcan, Inc.
Chris previously served as Director of Grants and Contracts for the Geneva Foundation overseeing more than 160 military medical research studies conducted at over 40 U.S. Department of Defense sites worldwide.
From 2010 to 2013, Chris served four tours as Country Director for Clear Path International on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in Afghanistan.
From 1994 to 2004, Chris directed federal government affairs for Airborne Express where he managed all legislative, regulatory, and external affairs pertaining to the domestic, international and airline operations of the company, including its hub in Wilmington, Ohio, the largest privately-owned airport in the world. In the aftermath of 9/11, Chris was named interim director of Airborne’s Aviation Security Department, a role he performed in addition to his government affairs duties for the next two years. In 2003, he successfully directed the nine-month lobbying and public affairs campaign to secure Congressional and regulatory approval of Airborne’s merger with DHL Worldwide.
Prior to joining Airborne Express, Chris worked for three years as Special Assistant for Trade Development with the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, B.C. He later worked eight years with the WRG Corporation, a Seattle-based security assistance management company where he ultimately served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director.
A native of Port Angeles, Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Saint Martin’s College and a Master of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, as well as a Certificate in Languages from the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany. Chris was also a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Washington’s nationally ranked Foster School of Business from 2000 to 2010.
“To me, Field Hall means accomplishing a transformational project. It is an innovative investment in our area and in turn, it translates to a stronger Clallam community for all current and future residents. Bringing a landmark venue like this to our area will drive economic development, create unparalleled opportunity for the arts and cultural experiences, and fills gaps for our community members businesses in significant and impactful way.”
Jessica has found her calling as a leader in the nonprofit world here in Clallam County. You will recognize her from her previous roles as Executive Director for the Port Angeles Food Bank, past President for the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, co-founder of the Peninsula Food Coalition, and past President for the Port Angeles Rotary Club. She was recently appointed by Governor Inslee as a Commissioner on the statewide Commission on Hispanic Affairs where she works in a non-partisan capacity on issues of access to health, nutrition, education, and workforce development for Latinx people in the Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Pacific, and Grays Harbor counties.
Jessica received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and was heavily immersed in the music scene in Seattle until she and her family moved to Sequim in 2010. In 2018, the Port Angeles Realtors Association awarded her with their Citizen of the Year award for her work in our community.
Bringing to this project not only her large network through civic and nonprofit engagement, Jessica also brings her passion for this beautiful community and its residents. She lives in Sequim with her husband and two small children on their family farm where they grow food for their family and local food banks. Raising their children in a place with such vast beauty, limitless potential, strong schools, and a one-of-a-kind community is exactly what they dreamt it would be. Jessica and her family have found their forever home and they are fully invested in the health and future of this place, especially through impactful projects such as the Port Angeles Waterfront Center.
“Field Hall will provide unique opportunities for this community to come together in a place that elevates and showcases our beautiful town.”
“Recent generous financial gifts have provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a community gathering place that will transform our community. It is now up to all of us as citizens to work together and support this project, so our community has the chance to prosper culturally and economically for decades to come.”
“This project represents hope for Port Angeles’ future in becoming more than a jumping-off point to the rest of the Olympic Peninsula. We will be able to provide residents and visitors access to much more culture than we currently can.”