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Business Leader of the Year: Mona Smith

| Feb 17, 2016

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Mona Smith
has served her community in monumental ways and has had an outsized impact on some of our communities’ major issues. Inspired by John F. Kennedy, her community involvement started at a very early age and she has never stopped. Mona has been a steadfast advocate for LGBT civil rights, taking key roles in the effort to gain marriage equality in both Washington and nationally. In numerous leadership positions with GSBA, including two-term President and Public Policy Task Force Chair, she oversaw key policy work that strengthened the sustainability of GSBA and the GSBA Scholarship Fund, while expanding the role of GSBA in advocating for both civil rights and business issues.

One cannot talk of GSBA and Public Affairs without talking about the role Mona has played in the past decade in leading our policy efforts. GSBA now has both a seat and a voice at the table. As the National Chair of the Victory Fund Campaign Board, Mona leads efforts to elect LGBT people to public office across the country. She actively supports many local organizations including Legal Voice and Q Law, and is tireless in her support of GSBA (Bronze Sponsor) and the GSBA Scholarship Fund (Emerald Jewel Club). All of this, while she takes care of her personal clients and enjoys family life with her wife Natalie and their dog Cocoa. Integrating philanthropy and social justice into her business, Mona is a true business and community leader.