Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, Business Development Director
Kathy is the Business Development Director at Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA). Ms. Cocus has extensive retail, nonprofit management and teaching experience. Prior to her work at the KEDA, Ms. Cocus was Director of Development for the Kitsap Humane Society and spent ten years as the Executive Director of the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce.
Kathy has been involved in nonprofit work in Kitsap County for over 25 years. She feels it allows her to give back to the community while using her skills and talents to help organizations accomplish their mission. Connecting people with the potential of being a small part of something impactful is what drives her passion for her work. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
Kathy and her husband, Paul, live near Keyport and came to Kitsap in 1981 via the US Navy. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends. Scrapbooking, reading and gardening are her favorite hobbies. Her inspiration comes from her two grandsons, who remind her that there is always a different way to look at things.
Kathy has always loved the library – from the summer youth reading program in her Eastern Oregon farming community to the online research resources available at Kitsap Regional Library – and all the things in between that a community library offers. Libraries allow everyone to keep current with popular authors, experience new music, meet neighbors with similar tastes at community events, create a learning place for young minds, provide a respite for stay-at-home moms with story time … the list goes on!
Her favorite authors are Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Janet Evanovich and Harlan Coben. All three of these authors provide a glimpse into the growth of the main characters of their books. An impactful book for Kathy was "The Christmas Sweater" because it illustrated not only that you shouldn’t judge a book by its author but that we should set our priorities on what is truly important.