Our History

In 1992, 16 community leaders convened to lay the foundation for the future of leadership in Thurston County. Their objective was to develop a renewable pool of informed, skilled and engaged civic leaders committed to making the South Sound a great place to live, work and play. The result was Leadership Thurston County, a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Beginning with first Class of 1994, LTC graduates have forged a community legacy. They serve as executives in their workplaces, board members of charitable and civic organizations, public officials, and community volunteers. Although they come from a variety of backgrounds, they share a passion and commitment for improving our community.

With the 20th Class of 2015, over 550 graduates will have completed the LTC program.

Leadership Thurston County Founding Members

Linda Buckner, Chair
Joseph Beaulieu
Lynn Brunton
Rex Derr
Justice Jim Dolliver
Nancy Hoff
Gene Liddell
Bob Lovely
Kenneth Minneart
Ron Rants
Charles Shelan
Vernon Stoner
Joe Taller
Ellen Vaughn
Neil Woody
Dan Yerrington