SEATTLE – The GSBA, Washington state’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce and the largest LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce in North America, is proud to announce that GSBA Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs Matt Landers has been appointed by Gov. Inslee to the inaugural Washington State LGBTQ Commission. The GSBA is proud to recognize newly appointed commissioners also closely affiliated with the organization – former GSBA scholar Isyss Honnen and GSBA board member Beto Yarce.
Landers began his work with the GSBA in February 2012 and has advocated for small business and LGBTQ civil rights issues across all levels of government. Landers has a BA from Macalester College [and] an MA from the University of Oregon, and lives in Seattle with his husband.
The Washington State LGBTQ Commission was created by the Washington state legislature in 2019 and signed into law by the governor in April of the same year. In August of 2019, Gov. Inslee appointed J. Manny Santiago as the commission director. The LGBTQ Commission will work with the LGBTQ community across the state to identify and voice the community needs to state government, and work to ensure LGBTQ issues are addressed within all aspect of government.
“This has been many years in the making. Many people have worked hard and fought for this commission to be formed for a long time,” says Landers. “I am honored to be selected to represent my community and serve on the first-ever LGBTQ Commission for Washington. [&] This is the first step in representing community voices in policy making for the state, as well as beginning to allocate appropriate resources to advance equality in the state.”
The full list of appointees are as follows:
” Jac Archer, Spokane Human Rights Commission, Spokane County
” Marsha Botzer, Ingersoll Gender Center, King County
” Lars Erickson, WSDOT, King County
” Alvaro Figueroa, Avista Corporation, Spokane County
” Karen Goldsen, University of Washington, Island County
” Maeve Griffith, City of Spokane, Spokane County
” Tobi Hill-Meyer, Gender Justice League, Thurston County
” Isyss Honnen, Pride Foundation, King County
” Michelle Kelly-Barroga, Oasis Youth Center, Pierce County
” Matt Landers, GSBA, King County
” Everett Maroon, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, Walla Walla County
” Jeffrey Robinson, Franklin Co. Dem Committee, Franklin County
” Josette Ross, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Pierce County
” Steven Sawyer, People of Color Against Aids Network, King County
” Beto Yarce, Ventures, Snohomish County
The GSBA is Washington’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce and the largest LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce in North America. It represents over 1,400 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of advancing equality and diversity in the workplace.
Courtesy of the GSBA