Northwest NEWS

April 29, 2002

Local News

Woodinville Chamber appoints new executive director

WOODINVILLE - The Woodinville Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of L. Dan Ramirez as its new executive director. Ramirez, who has resided in the Puget Sound area for the past 35 years, joined the chamber on April 15.
   "Following a very extensive search process involving Chamber members and staff, we believe we have recruited the best person for the job at hand," said Ronald Nowosad, Chairman of the Board. "Dan brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in administration, strategic planning, fund-raising, budget management, lobbying and organizational development in both the public and business sectors."
   As a director of grants management for Pierce and King County schools, Ramirez provided grant-making policy and advice to superintendents, principals and grant managers.
   His lobbying and governmental experience was augmented while he was serving in Olympia as aide to the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
   From there, he coordinated "China - 7000 years of Discovery," an exhibit for the Pacific Science Center.
   Later, as Director of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, he was instrumental in creating a regional trade show and the Leadership Institute, a regional leadership training program for business and community leaders. He also managed a business trade mission to China.
   Ramirez directed the Redmond Chamber's lobbying efforts to build Redmond Town Center and the I-520 interchanges at 40th Street and its terminus. In addition, Redmond's community festival, Derby Days, was expanded under Ramirez's leadership.
   Most recently, he has served as an assistant administrator for Cascade Vista.
   "Dan has demonstrated a team-based management philosophy that will be most helpful to the Chamber in broadening our look at how we can add the most value to our membership and community," said Nowosad.
   Ramirez can be reached at (425) 481-8300 or e-mail at director@woodinvillechamber.