In a Dec. 29 letter to members and partners, the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce announced the resignation of its president and CEO, Christina Pinson, effective Dec. 31.
The brief announcement came from the Chamber's board chair, William Stevenson. "Christina has worked diligently and with great passion for the Chamber for almost eight years," Stevenson wrote. "Her enthusiasm for the mission of the Chamber has made it the success it is today and will be greatly missed."
The Chamber was established in 1995 by Windy City Times co-founder Tracy Baim ( at that time she was publisher of Outlines newspaper ), and gay marketing professional Kevin Boyer joined her as the first co-chairs for the group. Three other business owners helped launch the Chamber in time for the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago: Carrie Barnett, Art Johnston and Tom Tunney.
The Chamber, which had about 500 members at its peak, has about 300 current members. Together they employ more than 2,000 people in the Chicago area, with gross revenues that exceed $200 million, according to the Chamber's website.
Pinson's LinkedIn profile states that the North Park University graduate joined the staff of the Chamber in July 2006 serving as interim executive director for seven months before becoming its president and CEO.
As of Dec. 30, neither Pinson nor Chamber board members could be reached for comment.