Educate. Prepare. Connect. Serve.

Bremerton, WA   |


Leadership Kitsap fosters and empowers educated, prepared, and engaged community leaders.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Katie Walters

Main address

645 4th St Ste 101

Bremerton, WA 98337 USA

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NTEE code info

(Adult, Continuing Education) (B60)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nothing is more important in community than leadership. Leaders create positive change. The Leadership Kitsap program seeks to address our community’s need for diverse community leaders, educated with a breadth of vision and an understanding of the complexity of the interrelated needs and issues of our Kitsap community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Kitsap's Signature Program

Leadership Kitsap is a non-profit, community leadership program that offers adult educational programming for existing and emerging community leaders in Kitsap County.

In the signature program, Leadership Kitsap selects a cohort of up to 30 community leaders to embark on a 10-month servant leadership curriculum journey.

Leadership Kitsap follows the Positive Leadership curriculum, designed to help identify, expand and enhance seven leadership capacities. It is a clear and useful approach to leadership that can apply to established and emerging leaders in business, nonprofits, community organizations and municipal government, and it has a strong personal development component.

Positive Leadership recognizes seven core capacities: authenticity, purpose, reason, advocacy, community building, resilience, and gratitude. Developing and strengthening these leadership capacities leads to increasing leadership potential.

Population(s) Served

Leadership Kitsap Foundation’s 20 Under 40 Awards Program seeks to identify and celebrate exceptional business leaders under the age of 40 who are dynamic trailblazers in the Kitsap community. We want to share their stories and celebrate their successes, bringing these individuals together to grow into a powerful network of young leaders who can then leverage that network to make even more great contributions to our region’s economy and civic dialog.

Population(s) Served

Leadership Kitsap graduates have gained a broad perspective on Kitsap community issues and have developed the leadership skills necessary to make a valuable contribution to a wide array of community boards. Alumni represent a cross-section of private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Our alumni are our legacy. All Leadership Kitsap program graduates are members of the Leadership Kitsap Alumni Association. Several events are planned each year to connect alumni and to provide continued educational and professional development opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Nonprofit of the Year 2023

Greater Kitsap Chamber

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Leadership Programs 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Leadership Kitsap's goal is to educate, prepare, and connect a new group of committed leaders for community involvement in Kitsap County. 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.

Leadership Kitsap’s goal is to develop the future leaders of our community. Each year we accept up to 30 participants, a cross section of individuals representing diverse interests, backgrounds, careers, and cultural experiences, selected through a competitive process to go through the program. Leadership Kitsap’s objective is to provided participants with a fuller sense of the wide array of critical issues affecting Kitsap and the leadership skills necessary to motivate, train, and engage others in collaborative efforts to address them.

To do this, we provide a ten-month, adult, community leadership, education program consisting of a three-pronged curriculum: 1) Nine day-long seminars (Challenge Days) focused on issues and policies concerning Kitsap County, and one overnight leadership development Retreat; 2) a formal leadership curriculum, "Positive Leadership," and; 3) a team community service project.

The Challenge Days connect participants to the leaders and decision makers each day at venues across Kitsap. Within each Challenge Day, the class discusses a leadership capacity based on our "Positive Leadership" curriculum. Positive Leadership is about harnessing the potential energy when people come together – social force. To enhance one’s social force, we focus on seven capacities: authenticity, purpose, advocacy, resilience, community building, reason, and gratitude. The curriculum provides a rich experience for participants to grow together through lively group discussion and personal development activities.

Finally, the class is divided into community service project teams. Teams choose a project based on their team’s interests and values, which meet a community need, and includes collaboration with a community partner. The purpose of the projects is to create a laboratory setting to allow participants to practice leadership skills while working on a volunteer project that benefits the community. Projects touch the lives of residents from North to South Kitsap. Participants gain the confidence and skills to tackle future community challenges.

Since 1993, Leadership Kitsap has a proven capacity to accomplish our goals and objectives. Our dedicated board of directors has the responsibility for managing and conducting the business of the organization in ways that assures its financial stability and continuity, including its curriculum, policies, and the recruitment and selection of program participants.

The greatest outcome of the Leadership Kitsap program is engaged and informed emerging and existing leaders, educated in public policy issues, and committed to serving as stewards. Leadership Kitsap’s belief is that servant leadership and civic volunteerism are the heart of a community and will ultimately strengthen Kitsap County and benefit its citizens. Each year graduates go on to serve on boards of directors, run for public office, and advance in leadership positions at work. Many stay involved with their community service project partner.

We will continue our work of fostering and empowering educated, prepared, and engaged community leaders for the betterment of Kitsap County.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently



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Board of directors
as of 02/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Ashley Oaksmith

Clark Construction, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2026

Kendall Pritchard

United Way of Kitsap County

Harriette Bryant


Irene Carper

Port Madison Enterprises/Suquamish Tribe

Sarah Chamberlin

CHI Franciscan

Naveen Chadhury

Community Member

Jenny Higgs

Pacific Northwest Title

Peter Tunis


Jeffrey Menge

Kitsap County Sheriff's Department

Michelle Perdue

Kitsap County Public Works

Lucretia Robertson

Kitsap Regional Library

Jon Rauch

Community Member

Misty Tobin

Cental Kitsap Fire & Rescue

Ashley Oaksmith

Clark Construction

Gretchen Ritter-Lopatowski

Three Leaves Design / Kitsap Community Foundation

Trevor Ross

Olympic College Foundation

Heidi Scheibner

Trillium Employment Services

Lowell Sweet


Rob Hartman


Irene Moyer

Greater Kitsap Chamber

Adam Morris

University of Idaho

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/6/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.