Ellen (Elly) Walkowiak has worked for over 25 years in land use planning and economic development. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, negotiating complicated, multifaceted development agreements, brownfields redevelopment, attracting domestic and foreign investment, acquiring infrastructure funding, and lobbying at the Federal and State levels to enable community vitality. She is exceptionally adept at guiding stakeholders in finding common purpose, addressing extraordinary challenges and effecting successful outcomes.
In her role as the Assistant Director of the City of Tacoma, Washington, Community & Economic Development Department, Elly has been involved in some of the most complex and challenging economic development projects in Tacoma. She led the highly technical negotiation and pre-development activities on the $150 million Convention Center hotel and mixed use project and the $300 million Town Center urban village—the largest downtown private foreign investments in the City’s history. In 2017, she won a lifetime achievement award for excellence in public service from the Center for Creative Land Recycling.
Elly has an M.S. in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh as well as professional certifications in economic development, finance and public management. She treasures her experiences in the wild as places to reflect on nature and its importance in sustaining life.