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Blake to lead LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Barbra Blake has been selected as the new CEO of the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA), the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She will take over Monday to lead the organization in its 35th year.

The previous CEO resigned in July.

“I have had the opportunity throughout my career to combine a passion for organizational development, strategic planning and creativity to implement positive change and growth within a diverse set of organizations,” Blake said. “I look forward to working with the board and membership to take GSDBA to the next level.”

Blake had been director of marketing and communications for the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego. She also served as the executive director of the AIDS Walk San Diego and San Diego Gay Pride during the 1990s.

Blake, a Massachusetts native, received her bachelor’s of science degree in molecular biology from UCSD. After a career in biological research and her tenure in the LGBT community, she returned to UCSD and served in several management positions.

She plans to complete her doctorate in entrepreneurial leadership this year.

“I am very pleased with the results of our search process as our organization is poised for growth on all levels, so Barbra is exactly the right person to lead us forward,” said Dr. Jeri Muse, GSDBA board chair.

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