BUILD Family and Allies,
Well, the time has come for me to move into the BUILD Past Chair role. It is hard to believe that it has been two years serving in the BUILD Executive Leadership, and the experience has been an honor representing the BUILD Business Resource Group. I look forward to continuing to serve and represent BUILD in the Past Chair role and am excited for the new executive leaders to make their mark. When I was nominated for the Co-Chair position in 2021, I realized the responsibility required a three-year commitment. In accepting the role, I wanted to ensure that I honored that responsibility and followed thru as BUILD’s Co-Chair, Chair, and soon-to-be Past Chair, especially being part of the first elected executive leaders to lead the business resource group following the inaugural Chair. It has been a privilege to represent the BUILD Business Resource Group. This is an amazing space and platform to elevate the Black voice in Washington State Government and the communities we serve.
Part of BUILD’s mission is to build each other up as we move forward. There are so many that I would like to thank that have assisted and helped me along this journey: Megan Matthews, Sascha Nixon, Marcus Glasper, Yeni Castaneto, LaSandra Jones-Owens, Francesca Hermsen, Trooper Nolan Washington, Sherina James, Dr. Karen Johnson, all of the BUILD Subcommittee Leads with a special thanks to Lenora Sneva, Mikia Guy, Undra Simpson, Sandra Daniels, Donald Paul, Dennis Worrell, Terrance McCall, Devon Brim, Gary Lott, the Office of Financial Management, Indira Melgarejo, Flora Estrada, Walt Jones, The Liquor and Cannabis Board, Becky Smith, Jeanne McShane, Ollie Garrett, David Postman, Jim Vollendroff, Jim Weatherly, Rick Garza, Linda Thompson, Kayden Goodwin, Kalynn Gubbe, Andrew Sites, Marcy Wilsie, past and current Business Resource Group Leaders and so many more.
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