Kandace Barnes

Kandace Barnes

A Washington native, Kandace graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in marketing before earning her M.B.A. and a then a post baccalaureate in Visual Communications. With a passion for problem solving and cutting through the clutter, Kandace spent the first half of her career focusing on product marketing, communication, and special events, specifically within large corporations including Verizon Wireless.

After making several trans-continental moves, Kandace returned to the PNW and made the transition into higher education where she developed and marketed new and innovative graduate programs, helped colleges with fundraising, and created prospecting tools for the University of Washington, Trinity Lutheran College, and Seattle Pacific University.

More recently, as the executive director for the Snohomish STEM Network, Kandace worked closely with economic and workforce development initiatives and local industry, findings ways for businesses to connect with the community, create partnerships, and establish relationships.

She has also helped small businesses, including Leadership Launch, a local non-profit, with communications, marketing, fund raising, budget formation and special events.

Kandace lives with her two young daughters and husband, and their St. Berdoodle puppy, Coco. She enjoys listening to live music, cooking for family and friends, and being near the ocean in any capacity. She volunteers in the Mukilteo community including the Lighthouse Festival and Mukilteo Elementary, and is always looking for ways to help individuals and businesses with marketing and communications solutions.