The new President & CEO of WESTMARC has been chosen — Michelle Rider.

Chair Candace Wiest says WESTMARC is delighted to announce Rider has accepted their offer as CEO.

Wiest commented on the selection process saying, “The skills we identified as critical were the ability to build relationships, strong background in economic development and public policy, relationships with centers of influence throughout the Valley, and a strong understanding of regional and local issues.”

Wiest went on to name Rider the “clear leader” in said categories.

Rider’s experience includes an extensive career with organizations focused on public policy and economic development. For nine years, she held an array of influential positions at GPEC where she had the opportunity form strong relationships with centers of influence in the Valley.

Hearing her comments on Rider, Wiest’s confidence in Rider as “spokesperson, advocate, and CEO of WESTMARC” is clear.Having worked with her in the past, Wiest testifies to Rider’s work ethic saying, “I have always found her to be professional, extremely knowledgeable and very adaptable when faced with fluid or difficult situations. I have also seen her work with a large, diverse group of leaders to build consensus on complex issues.”

Rider officially joins WESTMARC on July 1, 2011.