Julie Tate-Libby has been hired as director of programs at TwispWorks. She will work with local government, businesses, nonprofit organizations, concerned citizens and economic development authorities to identify opportunities for TwispWorks to provide programming to support and improve the health of the local economy.
Tate-Libby, a longtime Methow Valley resident, teaches anthropology and sociology at Wenatchee Valley College and has conducted research on rural communities whose economies rely on tourism, including the Methow Valley. After receiving her PhD in tourism from the University of Otago in 2010, she returned to the Methow Valley to raise her family and teach. Tate-Libby has served on the board of Okanogan Family Health Centers, the Merc Playhouse and the North Central Washington Community Foundation.