Who We Are

OUR VISION Our vision is a community where there is a diverse network of effective leaders educated in public policy issues and committed to serving as stewards. OUR MISSION The mission of Leadership Kitsap is to educate, prepare and connect a new group of committed leaders for community involvement in Kitsap County. WE BELIEVE Our core values are servant leadership, civic volunteerism, collaboration, diversity, and continuous community improvement. OUR FUTURE The legacy of Leadership Kitsap is its alumni. Accordingly, its programs are designed to help participants acquire not only a fuller sense of the wide array of critical issues affecting the Kitsap community but also the skills necessary to motivate and engage others in collaborative efforts to resolve them.


Founded by the Kitsap Chambers of Commerce and the United Way of Kitsap County in 1993, Leadership Kitsap incorporated in 1993. The first Leadership Kitsap class with 13 members convened in September 1994 and graduated in June 1995. As of June 2017, Leadership Kitsap has graduated 553 servant leaders into the community and developed 93 community service projects throughout the county. Leadership Kitsap strives to achieve these goals:

  • To assist emerging leaders in business, government, and the community to expand their skills in and commitment to voluntary civic responsibility.
  • To provide these women and men with an understanding of major public policy issues facing the Kitsap community.
  • To enhance communication among leaders from diverse backgrounds and interests.
  • To facilitate access between emerging leaders and the leadership of the Kitsap community.

The legacy of Leadership Kitsap is alumni who represent a community that is geographically, racially, and professionally diverse. They emerge from the ten-month program with a deeper commitment to civic volunteerism. They work together to provide the leadership needed to address the challenges ahead.

Board of Directors

The Leadership Kitsap Board of Directors sets the tone, vision and mission of the organization; it has responsibility for managing and conducting the business of the organization in ways that assure its financial stability and continuity, including its curriculum, policies, and the recruitment and selection of program participants. All board members sign a Conflict of Interest Policy.

2017-2018 Board of Directors


Carrie Eastman, Sanchez, Mitchell, Eastman & Cure (President); John Gese, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department (President-Elect);  Cindy Ross, Centennial Mortgage Inc. (Treasurer); Theresa Smith, Kitsap County Public Works (Secretary)


Gina Beckwith, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe; Karen Bolton, Olympic College; Cary Bozeman, The Bozeman Group; David Emmons, Olympic College Foundation; Jeff Faucett, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue; John Forsman, Suquamish Tribe / Clearwater Casino; Monica Houston, Kitsap Regional Library; Wendie Johnson, The Doctors Clinic; Wendy Kile; CHI Franciscan Foundation / Harrison Foundation; Dora Summers-Ewing, EXIDEO Consulting; Jennifer Yeaman, PSNS & IMF


Jeff Menge, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department (Project Co-Chair); Carli Schmitz, Housing Kitsap (Project Co-Chair); Carl Borg, Executive Director United Way of Kitsap County

Katie Walters, Executive Director


Executive Sponsors

Kitsap Community Foundation, Olympic College, Port Madison Enterprises

Community Sponsors

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Sound Options Group, Watson Furniture Group

Program Sponsors

A.Y. Petter Family Advised Fund at Kitsap Community Foundation, EXIDEO Consulting, Harrison Medical Center, Michael Milligan and Jeanne E Fund at Bainbridge Community Foundation, Morgan Stanley, United Way of Kitsap County

Challenge Day and Event Sponsors

Advantage Nissan, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Contract Management Services, Corner Bakery, CHI Franciscan Health, Harrison Medical Center, Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest, EXIDEO Consulting, Holly Ridge Center, Kiana Lodge, Kitsap Building Association, Kitsap Community Resources, Kitsap County, Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild, Kitsap Credit Union, Olympic College Foundation, Panera Bread, Parametrix, Port of Bremerton, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Port Madison Enterprises, Rice Fergus Miller, Sanchez Mitchell Eastman & Cure, Suquamish Tribe, Town & Country Markets

Technology Sponsor

Bremerton Rotary Club

Partner with Us!

Sponsors are our partners in growing great leaders in Kitsap County. Our belief is that strong leaders build strong communities. With each graduating class, Leadership Kitsap increases the number of informed and vigorous civic volunteers who understand the needs of the community and are committed to meeting its challenges. Sponsors receive high visibility among influential leaders from Kitsap’s private, public, and non-profit sectors. Please consider becoming a sponsor. Please email Katie Walters for additional information: exdir@leadershipkitsap.org.

Strategic Plan

2013, a group of current and former Leadership Kitsap Foundation Board members met to develop a strategic plan. The group first worked to establish a set of guiding principles. These principles included: meeting Kitsap County’s leadership development needs; incorporating servant leadership values into non-servant organizations; and increasing class and Board diversity. Next, the group brainstormed a list of subjects that it felt were necessary to consider in developing a future vision for the organization. For instance: Whom should Leadership Kitsap target for class members?  What is the optimum class size? What skills could LK offer a non-servant leadership organization in the community? What would the most efficient business structure of the organization be? To complete its work, the group prepared a list of recommended initiatives for the LK Foundation’s Board to consider. This plan is reviewed yearly in March. View Strategic Plan (pdf)


Form 990-EZ 2016:17