Date: Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Member Price: $50.00
Non-Member Price: $60.00
Student Price: $50.00
Additional Cost for Walk-Ins: $5.00
Address: 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Location: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Phone: 206-363-9188
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Please call the GSBA Office at (206) 363-9188 to register.

The Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the year's successes and to discuss issues we'll be addressing in the coming year. This is also a time to thank our membership, Board of Directors, and Sponsors - and - to announce the Business & Humanitarian Awards recipients!

This year, we're pleased to announce that the 43rd District delegation, Speaker Frank Chopp, Representative Nicole Macri, and Senator Jamie Pedersen, will be joining us!

During the Luncheon, we'll get a 2018 legislative preview, hear about what our Speaker and LGBTQ caucus leaders are looking forward to in the short session, learn what differences there may (or may not) be with a Democratic majority, and discuss how the Legislature is responding to the McCleary decision.


| Arrival, Registration, and Sponsors Showcase

 | Luncheon begins

| Welcome
Announcement of the 37th Annual Business & Humanitarian Awards recipients
Annual Meeting and GSBA Board Members presentation

12:30pm | Conversation and 2018 Legislative preview with Speaker Frank Chopp, Representative Nicole Macri, and Senator Jamie Pedersen; moderated by Calvin Goings, Chief of Staff, Seattle City Light

| Q&A with guests

 | Prize drawing



Winter Chicory Salad
, grilled persimmon, feta, dressed in fermented ginger vinaigrette
Crispy Breast of Chicken, cheese dumpling, four mushroom ragout, and roasted asparagus
Honey Cake with sweet herbed honey cream and honeycomb praline
- or - 
Vegan menu details coming soon.


Chopp, FrankSpeaker Frank Chopp 
was born and raised in Bremerton; his father worked in the shipyard and his mom worked in the school cafeteria. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington in 1975, and started his career as a community organizer with a passion for social justice.

Frank was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and became co-Speaker of the House in 1999. He began serving as the only Speaker in 2002. As Speaker, Frank has committed himself to policies that reflect his community-organizer values – a strong public education system, health care for every child, good-paying jobs, and protecting the safety net.

Macri, NicoleRepresentative Nicole Macri is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill with more than 20 years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health.

Nicole was elected to the state House of Representatives by the people of the 43rd legislative district in 2016. She is a nationally recognized leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. Outside the Legislature, Nicole is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle, where she has worked since 2002. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, working to ensure all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities.

In the Legislature, Nicole serves as vice chair of the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, and is a member of both the Capital Budget Committee and the Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

Pedersen, JamieSenator Jamie Pedersen grew up in Puyallup, graduated from Puyallup High School and worked to put himself through Yale College. After spending a year living in Russia and collecting oral histories of Soviet Afghan war veterans, Jamie attended Yale Law School. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then returned to Seattle – and Capitol Hill – in 1995. He practiced corporate law at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) for 17 years. Since May 2012, he has been Vice President and General Counsel for McKinstry, a Seattle-based construction and engineering firm with substantial expertise in green building.

Jamie was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and was appointed to the Senate in December 2013 and elected in 2014. He serves as the ranking member on the Law & Justice Committee and also serves on the Ways & Means Committee. In the House, he served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. During his tenure in the House, he also served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, the Higher Education Committee, the Health Care & Wellness Committee, the Business & Financial Services Committee, and the Capital Budget Committee. Jamie serves on the Legislative Ethics Board and the Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee and is a commissioner in the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws.

Jamie helped to organize and was a plaintiff in League of Education Voters v. State of Washington, the case that overturned several Tim Eyman initiatives that purported to require 2/3 majorities to pass tax increases in the legislature. Jamie chaired the board of the national civil rights organization Lambda Legal, and served as Lambda’s lead volunteer lawyer on the state’s marriage equality case. He is also a member of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

If you would like the opportunity to promote your business during the Luncheon, please contact us about providing a giveaway for the afternoon's drawing.

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