Brawley Chamber Names New Executive Director From Yuma

The Brawley Chamber of Commerce announced today named Kathryn C. “Katie” Figari of Yuma, AZ, as its new Executive Director.
The former owner of a mortgage and real estate business, Figari currently teaches third grade. She also has experience running a nonprofit organization. Her first day as Brawley Chamber Executive Director will be March 19.
“Our Board was very impressed with the level of private business experience and non-profit organization management experience Katie has,” said Brawley Chamber Board President Denise Smith. “We all felt she would provide great service to the Chamber and be a great fit with the Brawley business community.”
Figari’s resume lists her major strengths as: team building/leadership; staff training and development; grants management; operation management; budget/cost control and business planning.
She went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and teaching credential after a career in various business including sales and grant development and administration. For 15 years, she and her husband owned a mortgage and real estate business in Yuma. As a business owner, she was a longtime member of the Chamber in Yuma.
She also was the president of a Yuma adult literacy organization that was in financial crisis and without an Executive Director when she led an effort to restructure the organization, correct deficiencies and get it back in compliance with state and federal guidelines.