Governor's Distinguished Managers Association

About the association

The Governor's Distinguished Management Leadership Awards program was created to formally recognize state government managers who demonstrate outstanding management excellence. Governor Booth Gardner signed Executive Order 91-08 to institutionalize the program. Learn more about the association's history.

2021–22 meetings

  • All meetings are 12–1 p.m. and conducted virtually.
  • Speakers’ presentations are from 12:15–1 p.m.
  • Meeting invitations will be sent via an Outlook invitation monthly to members with a link to join virtually.

2021-22 theme: Beyond 2021, Transforming How We Work

  • September, GDMA Presents Christopher Poulos, Executive Director, Washington Statewide Reentry Council;
  • October, GDMA Presents Lt Gov Denny Heck;
  • November, Governor's Distinguished Managers Association Presents Professor Stephen Page;
  • February, GDMA Presents: Pat Lashway, OFM Deputy Director and Tara Smith, DES Director;
  • March 17, Chris Anibarro, Director of Stakeholder Centered Strategy at Intentional Futures
  • April 21, Brooklyn Dicent, Happiness Consulting
  • May TBD

2020–21 association board members

  • JR Richards, President, Employment Security Department  360-463-1079 
  • Yvonne Knutson, President-Elect, Office of Financial Management, 360-790-2723
  • Ken Krous, Secretary/Treasurer, Department of Revenue, 360-704-5654
  • Joshua Johnston, Past President, Washington State Lottery, 360-810-2878


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