Past GSBA Board Chairs and Presidents

2018 Drew Ness
2017 Kevin Gaspari
2015 
Martha Davis
2014 
Martha Davis
2013 
Mark Rosén
2012
 Mark Rosén
2011
 Mark Rosén
2010 Mona Smith
2009 Mona Smith
2008 Jonathan Bowman
2007 Jonathan Bowman
2006 John Wong
2005 John Wong
2004 John Wong
2003 Frank Percival
2002 Frank Percival
2001 Frank Percival
2000 Dave Wood
1999 Steven Parrish
1998 Steven Parrish
1997 Robert Dlugosh
1996 Jeff Calley
1995 Jeff Calley
1994 Bentley Main*
1993 Sue Gunderson*
1992 Lonnie Lusardo
1991 Gary Thogerson
1990 Jack Goldman*
1989 Jack Goldman*
1988 Bonnie Menzies
1987 John Stewart*
1986 Mary Kay Wright
1985 David Poot*
1984 Dennis O'Mohundro*
1983 Paul Gjefle*
1982 Stan Hill*
1981 Stan Hill*

*deceased

In 1981, nine gay business owners, including attorneys, insurance agents, and bar, and bathhouse owners, got together and recognized that in order to support each other, they needed to identify other gay-owned businesses. Hence, they founded GSBA. 

With time, GSBA evolved from a networking group to a chamber of business leaders using their economic position to address the rampant discrimination and harassment faced by the LGBTQ community, most especially in public agencies, such as the fire and police departments. 

Having met its initial charge, GSBA focused on strengthening the LGBTQ community economically and is now a strong, vibrant and diverse association of influential business leaders. Today, GSBA is the largest and most active LGBTQ business chamber in North America, with over 1,300 members.

Recognizing the lack of support for LGBTQ students, GSBA members founded the first LGBTQ Scholarship Fund in the United States, to provide support, encouragement, and financial resources to the next generation of leaders. To date, the fund has awarded over $3.5 million in educational support to hundreds of outstanding students who, even today, may receive no traditional means of support. 

The advocacy side of the organization continues to grow, with GSBA actively engaged in public policy work and sponsoring the LGBTQ community’s annual candidate forum. GSBA is proud of the leading role it had in advocating for same-sex domestic partnerships laws, which led to the historic passage of Washington State’s marriage equality law.

With over 120 events, workshops, and opportunities to engage per year, GSBA provides a wide variety of business development, networking, and social opportunities, including its three gala dinners: EQUALUX, a fundraising dinner and auction for the GSBA Scholarship Fund; the Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner, which celebrates excellence and the philanthropy of our business leaders; and the Scholars Dinner, at which GSBA presents its scholarships. 

GSBA is a unique business chamber, in that in addition to promoting business, it advocates for equality and diversity in the workforce, continuing its commitment to combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the LGBTQ community and those who support equality for all.

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