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Friday, November 30, 2012

GSBA President & CEO to serve on Governor-Elect's Transition Team

GSBA President & CEO Louise Chernin has been asked to serve on Governor-Elect Jay Inslee's transition team.  She will join a team of 33 other leaders chosen for their experience, expertise and perspective. Co-chaired by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, Renton School District Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel and Washington State University President Elson Floyd, the Governor-Elect has sought out leaders who "embodied the spirit of innovation."

"My administration will be focused on growing Washington's economy, improving education, reducing health care costs and making state government more efficient and more effective," said Governor-Elect Inslee in his announcement of the full team on Tuesday. "The team we've assembled represents both sides of the Cascades, our key industries, and people with experience both inside and outside government. I look forward to their engagement and appreciate their willingness to serve the state." 

"I’m honored to have been named to sit on the Governor’s Transition Committee," says Chernin. I look forward to working with the broad spectrum of people coming together on the Transition Committee to share diverse perspectives, skills and connections with Governor-Elect Inslee as he prepares to lead our state. The challenges we face as a state are great, but by bringing all our voices around the table, there is huge potential to transform education, environmental stewardship and create new living wage jobs." 

Louise Chernin has been the President & CEO of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) since 2002.  Chernin was the National Chair of the Council on Chambers and Business Organizations, the affiliate branches of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, she was honored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) with its Leadership Award and also named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the top 20 most influential women in Puget Sound.

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