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Serving Our Community

Committee members come together to connect and address business and community challenges and help forward organizational strategies. Members are partners of GSI and represent a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, industries, and perspectives. 

If you are interested in participating on a committee, contact the staff liaison listed below.

Spokane Ag Expo Board
Produces the annual Spokane Ag Expo tradeshow, the Northwest’s premier platform where ag professionals learn more about industry innovation, collaborate and connect with industry experts. 
Staff Liaison: Melisa Paul | (509) 321-3633

Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Committee
Delivers a variety of seminars pertinent to the agriculture industry, where professionals and youth gain valuable information from experts on industry changes, technology, certifications, and resources. 
Staff Liaison: Diahne Gill | (509) 321-3615

Education and Talent Alliance
The Education and Talent Alliance brings together leaders from early learning, K-12, higher education, and the local business community to strengthen the education attainment pipeline to build, champion, and retain a talented workforce. 
Co-Chairs: Ben Small, Central Valley School District, and Bruce Williams, GeoEngineers. 
Staff Liaison: Cassidy Peterson | (509) 321-3621

Health Industry Development Group 
The Health Industry Development Group is for C-level leaders in the health industry, working to link health sciences to advocacy (public policy) and drive economic development in our region. Staff Liaison: Stacia Rasmussen | (509) 321-3637

Forward Fairchild
This committee works to support the Spokane region’s largest single-site employer, Fairchild Air Force Base. 
Chair: Kevin Twohig, Public Facilities District. 
Staff Liaison: Aleesha Roedel (509) 321-3646

Public Policy Council
GSI’s Public Policy Council serves in a critical advisory role for the Board of Trustees and directs all local, state, and federal advocacy efforts. The Council reflects representation across industries. 
Chair: Christine Varela, DH. 
Staff Liaison: Jake Mayson | (509) 321-3625

Life Sciences Spokane Executive Advisory Council
This committee drives the comprehensive vision for building a robust life sciences industry and includes health sciences education, research, and commercialization. 
Chair:  Jeff Philipps. 
Staff Liaison: Stacia Rasmussen | (509) 321-3637

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