Korbett is a visionary, accomplished, and compassionate professional with extensive experience in organizational development and program management within the non-profit and government sector. With a master's degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy, Korbett has demonstrated his passion for community development and equity through his various roles in different organizations.
Over the last decade, Korbett has been working with neighbors, community leaders, local businesses, and community organizations to help push the limits of what is possible to help communities grow – including systems change around equity and social justice. He has worked with organizations on a broad range of issues, including civic engagement, quality education, affordable housing, financial services, and workforce development.
In his current position as the Chief Strategy Officer of Pac Mountain Workforce Development Council, Korbett oversees the strategy partnerships connected with delivering workforce development services in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Pacific counties. He manages a team of nine strategy officers and specialists with an investment portfolio of $7.5M and has acquired $2.9M in state and federal grant funding targeting workforce services for opioid and justice impacted populations. He has developed new integrated service delivery models to respond to poverty and low-wage stagnation and has managed a staff transition of direct service programs to be contracted out to reduce expenses and drive performance.
Before this, Korbett served as the Director of Family Stability Initiatives for United Way of Pierce County, leading initiatives and other systems-level change activities to help respond to the problem of persistent poverty, financial instability, and low-wage stagnation among families. The experience allowed him the opportunity to implement innovative ideas and/or evidence-based practices and p bring them to scale. Korbett has an unwavering focus on racial justice and has provided workshops and trainings on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) related topics over the years.
Korbett's experience also includes serving as the Deputy Program Director Asset Development at Metropolitan Development Council, where he managed a large division with 60+ staff, $2.6M affordable housing budget, $2.2M in federal education funds, and other small grants. He developed a workflow process to best manage major repairs and maintenance to control expenses and managed the staffing levels and minimum service requirements for several housing programs in balance with performance measures. Additionally, Korbett worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for the City of Tacoma, where he was responsible for engaging historically underrepresented communities purposefully and meaningfully to achieve the City’s equity goals.
Korbett's dedication to community development and equity is also demonstrated through his volunteer/committee positions, including his role as a Taskforce Member for Community Workforce Agreement, Board Governor for Evergreen State College Foundation, Communication Committee Member for Pierce County Black Collective, Member/Vice-Chair of Human Service Commission, Board Member of Puyallup Watershed Initiative, Steering Committee Member for City of Tacoma Vision 2025, Political Campaign Advisor for Candidate for State Senate, and Steering Committee Member for Tacoma 360. Korbett's efforts have been recognized through several awards, including the Tacoma Urban League Trailblazer Award, Rotary 8 Community Service Award, Neighborhoods USA Community Publication Award, Business Examiners “40 Under 40” Business Award, and Allen AME Community Service Award.
Korbett's professional affiliations include being a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a member of the Pierce County Black Collective. He has also undergone professional development in parliamentary procedures, community emergency response training (CERT), conflict mediation training, and cultural awareness training by Latecia Nieto Psy. D.
Korbett is also an author, having published MyPlan: A journal to help you shape a vibrant, successful future.