Taryn Echert joined GIX as the Event Manager in August 2018. She oversees all internal and external events in the GIX Steve Ballmer Building, including MSTI program events, tours and visits, industry events, meetings, and externally-hosted events. Taryn strives to create events that promote public understanding of the GIX mission, build a sense of community within GIX, and build key relationships with donors and partners. She also oversees the reception desk staff who provide communications, facilities, and event support for GIX. In addition to event management, she also has a background working in non-profit fundraising and advancement, higher education, and communications. Taryn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.