The Wenatchee Valley Business World’s “30 Under 35” program honored young community leaders early last year. We tap their thoughts in this Sunday interview series.
Jenny Rojanasthien, 31
Executive director, Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA)
A graduate of Washington State University, Rojanasthien worked eight years in retail, including serving as general manager for the Wenatchee Target and operations manager for Pybus Public Market. Hired by GWATA, she has been a promoter for the nonprofit’s activities and events, along with using her tech and social media skills to aid other organizations promote their causes. She’s also a member of the Wenatchee Business and Professional Women and the Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Club.
Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
A. I’ve been fortunate to have had career opportunities that took me from Portland to Seattle to Wenatchee. I took a chance in moving to Wenatchee in 2011 and taking that leap was the best decision I’ve ever made. I feel proud and grateful for the life that I’ve built in Wenatchee — it’s here that I met my husband (Top Rojanasthien), bought my first home, connected with great service organizations and found my calling in nonprofit.
Q. What are your goals?
A. I want to build a career that allows me to serve my community — which is why I am thrilled to be the executive director for GWATA. It’s both a rewarding and challenging role where I have the opportunity to grow. My goal is to effectively lead my organization, allowing us to positively impact the development of North Central Washington through technology, entrepreneurship and STEM education.
Q. How are you contributing to the success of your community?
A. I believe that community success is key — that we can thrive (or fail) together. I believe we all have a responsibility to contribute and give back. I try to contribute through my career in the nonprofit sector by volunteering with local service clubs.