Molly Jones, Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Molly. I was born and raised in Kodiak Alaska. Anyone who can point that out on a map gets a gold star! I graduated from Kodiak High School in 2010 and spent my first year of college at University of Alaska Anchorage. I quickly decided life consistently below 0 wasn’t for me, so in 2011 I traded moose and bears for horses and cows.

I grew up visiting relatives on what I would soon call “the west side” but I had never been to, or even heard of, Ellensburg. I had never toured CWU and I signed up for my first quarter via satellite internet from my family’s remote fishing lodge.

My experience in Ellensburg was different than that of my average classmate. I didn’t have a hometown I could easily go to when I was homesick. Between pricey plane tickets, part-time jobs, and summer classes, I had to fully embrace Ellensburg as my new home.

I graduated with a degree in Public Relations in June of 2015. My first post-grad experience took me to Yakima for an internship, which is when I realized I really wanted to find a career in Ellensburg. Enter: Ellensburg Downtown Association.

You may have read my articles in the Daily Record, or seen my posts on the EDA Facebook and Instagram. You may have seen me walking downtown with a big stack of promotional flyers and a roll of tape. I’m often found smiling and chatting with all of my new friends I’ve made along the way. I can also be found frantically hustling through our events.

My life is all about Ellensburg and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I do visit Alaska more often now to fill my freezer with wild Alaskan Seafood (okay, now I’m just bragging), and then it is right back to E’burg where I feel at home. Ellensburg is a great place to live, and I’m thrilled to be working with this community every day.

Photo: Me (left) and my older sister (right) on my dad’s fishing boat, The Captain K, appreciating a great day of fishing for Silver Salmon in Ugak Bay, Kodiak Alaska.