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 for at least the remainder of 2021 will be 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

2020–21 association board members

  • JR Richards, President, Department of Licensing, 360-280-9572
  • 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