August 12, 2014 at 9:07 am EST | by Steve Charing
GLCCB moves toward more transparency
Mike McCarthy, GLCCB, gay news, Washington Blade

‘The GLCCB Board of Directors is working diligently to follow up on its commitment to be more transparent with the community,’ said Mike McCarthy. (Washington Blade photo by Steve Charing)

Having heard a good amount of criticism at a GLCCB town hall meeting last month, the board of directors and staff have taken steps to increase transparency regarding the board’s business meetings and financial status. Using the organization’s website, glccb.org, the Center has posted the minutes of board meetings from 2010-2013 as well as displayed its 990 tax forms for the past seven years. The GLCCB’s bylaws, strategic plan, application for board of directors and other job listings are also online.

“The GLCCB Board of Directors is working diligently to follow up on its commitment to be more transparent with the community,” Mike McCarthy, the Center’s board president since 2013, told the Blade. “We’re particularly excited to introduce public participation in our monthly board meetings. While we will need to place some limits on attendance due to space and time constraints, we invite community members that would like to attend to sign up for a meeting and present comments and concerns directly to the board, or simply learn more about the decisions made and the process we follow.”

Kelly Neel, the GLCCB’s interim executive director, intends to hold meetings with the community throughout the coming months with respect to Pride 2015 and to do what is needed “to build the GLCCB into a viable, active community center that serves and represents everyone and to start mending our relationships.”

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