Dana Kirkham will be promoted to CEO OF Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho, or REDI, effective July 1.
Kirkham, the former mayor of Ammon, was hired at REDI in 2017 to serve as science, technology and research director for the group. She will replace Jan Rogers, who is retiring after three years as CEO of REDI.
REDI represents a 14-county region focused on job growth, industry retention, and business development.
Kirkham served two terms on the Ammon City Council, six of those years as council president. She is the board chair for the Idaho Innovation Center and serves on several other boards including the Internal Review Board for Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls Arts Council, Regional Development Alliance, and Idaho Falls City Club. She attended Marion Military Institute in Alabama before graduating with a degree in political science from Utah State University. She worked for the U.S. State Department in Frankfurt, Germany and the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia.