Mrs. Jared was born and raised in Skagway. Having attended Skagway School from pre-school – 12th grade, she spent much of her high school time traveling throughout Southeast and Alaska participating in school sports and other academic activities. After high school, she then went on to receive her BA in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from UAA in 2016 and then an Associates in Accounting in 2018 from UAA. During her time at UAA she served as the Director of Programs for the UAA Marketing and Management Club and participated in the UAA Leadership Fellows. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Kaitlyn was most inspired during her tour of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, appreciating the organizations approach community-based and driven economic development. Since graduating from UAA, Kaitlyn has also obtained professional certificates of completion in Arizona State’s Grant Development Courses and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) Maritime Port Manager course, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in rural development. She began working for the Skagway Development Corporation in 2018 at which time she began being involved with Southeast Conference. As the executive director, she supports economic and community development in Skagway by pursuing goals of Skagway’s 2020 Comprehensive plan, assisting in community projects and programs, and finding new economic opportunities that allow Skagway to grow while also supporting regional goals.