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New Chief Program Officer at Networks Northwest

News Release
February 10, 2022

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Networks Northwest has a new Chief Program Officer. Jessica Willis is taking on the leadership position at the organization which provides workforce, business, and community development services in the 10 counties of northwest Lower Michigan.

Willis has worked at Networks Northwest since 2006. Prior to accepting the Chief Program Officer position, Willis served as the Regional Director for the organization’s Offender Success program. As the Chief Program Officer Willis will oversee program operations for all aspects of Networks Northwest, aligned within three departments: Talent, Business, and Community. Willis will also work closely with the CEO on the visionary and strategic leadership of Networks Northwest, regionally and statewide.

"I'm excited to step into this new role at Networks Northwest and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the communities of northwest Lower Michigan,” said Willis. “I look forward to continuing the strong partnerships already in place, and exploring new ones. I'm thankful for the great staff at Networks Northwest and energized by their commitment and hard work for the betterment of our customers and community.”

"I am confident of Jessica Willis's ability to help lead within the organization and assist outside of the organization to further Northwest Michigan's trajectory of being the premier area of talent, business, and community development in the State,” said Matt McCauley, CEO, Networks Northwest. 

Willis replaces former Networks Northwest Chief Program Officer, Terry Vandercook, who left the organization for a position with a northern Michigan company that helps agricultural businesses meet their workforce needs.

Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission