Press Release: Karla Malacon Appointed President & CEO




Contact: Jeffery Bartley, NWMMSDC

Phone: (253) 243-6959




Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council Appoints Karla Malacon as President & CEO



Seattle, WA — The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Council) announced the appointment of the new President and CEO, Karla Malacon on June 7, 2023, at the Business Conference and Leadership & Advocacy Awards event.

Karla has worked for the Council since 2017 when she joined the team as the Manager of Certification and MBE Services before spending a couple of years as the Manager of Corporate Services, Marketing and Communications. Karla was promoted to Manager of Operations in 2020 before accepting the position as Vice President of Operations in 2022. Karla took on the Interim President and CEO role in February 2023. Karla is a Washington local and graduate of the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused in marketing and international business.

Her innovative approach and dedication to the Council’s mission to, “Foster an environment that develops equitable opportunities, creating economic value” make her the right person for this role. “The Council Board of Directors unanimously voted to name Karla Malacon as our President and CEO,” stated Angela Battle, Sellen Construction, Board Chair for the Northwest Mountain MSDC. “We were very pleased with her work during her interim over the past few months which made this decision very easy to make. Under Karla’s leadership, we are excited to see what the future holds for the Northwest Mountain region.”

Karla will continue to advance the Council’s supplier diversity efforts throughout the region, forging new connections, and driving progress for Minority Business Enterprises. Please join us in celebrating Karla’s promotion and the start of the Council’s next chapter of growth!




If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jeff Bartley, Manager of Corporate Services, Marketing and Communications at (253) 243-6964 or email

About the Council

Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive economic value by equalizing opportunities. As an affiliate of the National MSDC, the Council certifies minority-owned businesses and provides access to supplier development, supply chain inclusion, networking events, and formal introductions. The Council serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.