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Executive Director Thomas to leave Seattle LGBT Center
Executive Director Thomas to leave Seattle LGBT Center
Thomas steps down to pursue other interests, board says

It is with regret that the Board of the Seattle LGBT Community Center and Queen City Community Development announces the resignation of our Executive Director Shannon Thomas. Our regret is tempered with gratitude for the four years of energetic and visionary service that has marked an enhancement and evolution in the programs and capacity of The Center. Shannon has decided to pursue new ventures, after a well-deserved vacation.

The board is evaluating a list of interim Executive Director candidates in anticipation of Thomas's departure in early September. The board will then begin a national search for a new ?Executive Director.

Shannon joined the Seattle LGBT Center, a program of Queen City Community Development in December 2003 as the Chair of the Inaugural Fruit Bowl Awards, then as Executive Director in March 2004, and has worked diligently to advance the goals and mission of The Center. Throughout the easy and challenging times, Shannon's key goal - and personal mission - was striving for a more empowered and connected ?LGBTQ community.

During her tenure, Shannon worked tirelessly to develop, promote and expand the many programs and services provided by The Center and to collaborate with and support over 100 organizational members of The Center, from fiscal sponsorships for community organizations to community arts and Pride collaborations. With the support of the board, Shannon led the creation and expansion of the Fruit Bowl Awards and QueerFest, as well as increasing the capacity of grassroots organizations and projects such as Bent, Trikone-NW, Camp Ten Trees, and Equal Rights Washington. During this past year, she also lead the board-approved mergers and program integration of both Ingersoll Gender Center and Gay Community Social Services into The Center.

The Seattle LGBT Center is the visible face of Queen City Community Development, the country's only LGBT Community Development Corporation. The Center houses over 10 programs, projects, and services that reach out to the LGBTQ and allied communities. The Center utilizes hundreds of community volunteers each year. Incorporated in 1996 as a community-based, non-profit, 501(c)3 agency, The Center has more than 10 years of experience as a health and human services agency. In 2006 The Center provided direct services to more than 40,000 community members through its events, activities and advocacy, and touched the lives of thousands more.

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