Committees

 

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce encourages all of our members to get involved in our organization. Committee participation is one of many ways to do this, and is a great way to broaden your network of contacts while learning about issues that impact your business. Time commitments vary by committee and the extent of your involvement. Most meet once a month and participation is free.

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Ambassador Committee  Green Business Committee
Communications Council Hotel General Managers Committee 
Community Action Committee  Membership Development Committee
Education and Workforce Development Committee  Membership Engagement Committee
Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee  YEA! Booster Committee

Ambassador Committee
Chair: Donna Rowe Hamaker, Buck & Associates
Staff liaison: Mike Rosenow

The Ambassador Committee encourages participation in the Chamber by contacting new and renewing members. The goal of the committee is to strengthen the Chamber membership by making every member feel welcome at Chamber events and encouraging them to become involved. The Ambassador Committee is by application only after one year of membership; if interested, please contact Mike Rosenow

Communications Council
Co-Chairs: Amanda Fischer, Grade A Marketing, and Alexa Fox, Segue Technologies
Staff liaison:

The Communications Council connects communications professionals and serves as a source of knowledge for the Chamber and membership. The council hosts a variety of seminars on current communications topics, such as the Social Media Series and Back to Basics.

Community Action Committee

Co-Chairs: Linda Kelleher, Culpepper Garden, and Meg Rapelye-Goguen, Phoenix Bikes 
Staff liaison: Cassie Bate

The Community Action Committee raises the business community's awareness of nonprofit organizations and focuses its efforts and energies in addressing those needs by connecting the Chamber's business and nonprofit members. A major project is coordinating the Chamber's annual event designed to give back to the community, Volunteer Arlington Day. The committee also hosts quarterly nonprofit forums.

Education and Workforce Development Committee
Co-Chairs: Jim Egenrieder, Arlington Public Schools, and Alessandra Colia, Urban Alliance
Staff liaison: Alex Held

The Education and Workforce Development Committee works to foster relationships between education and business and advises the Chamber on strategies that prepare students for a career, further education, citizenship and lifelong learning. Additionally, the committee supports the PRIME internship program and promotes the Chamber's Scholarship Fund through the annual Scholar's Cup mini golf tournament. Find out more about the Chamber's Scholarship Fund.

Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee
Co-Chairs: Brian Gordon, AOBA, and Tad Lunger, McGuireWoods LLP
Staff liason: Kate Bates

The Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee collaborates with business executives, industry professionals and government officials to advance ideas, policies and legislation that benefit the broader business community. This committee also serves to keep Chamber members informed on emerging government affairs and public policy issues at the local and state levels, and drafts the Chamber’s Annual Public Policy Positions for consideration and approval by the Board of Directors.

Green Business Committee
Chair: John Gallagher, Energesco Mechanical LLC
Staff liaison: Mike Rosenow

The Green Business Committee has a primary goal to raise overall awareness of conservation and total sustainability within the County by creating a platform within the business community for those whom exemplify this passion. The GBC also tracks all Green initiatives proposed by Arlington County, or taking place within the County, allowing the business community to contribute their  approval, comments and/or concerns.

Hotel General Managers Committee
Co-Chairs: Dori Familiant, DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC-Crystal City, and Chris Raines, Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Staff liason: Kate Bates

The Hotel General Managers Committee meets to keep abreast of dynamic issues that affect their industry and provides an interface with the Arlington County Visitor Service to provide support and input on the best use of marketing dollars to promote Arlington to the travel industry. The committee identifies issues within their industry that require the full Chamber's support.

Membership Development Committee
Chair: Greg Mullan, George Mason Mortgage
Staff liaison: Mike Rosenow

The Membership Development Committee actively seeks new members and follows up with prospects. The goal is to strengthen the Chamber membership by talking with those whom they know and are interested in the Chamber. Participates in SMART Start networking seminars and is active in the Opportunity Works Campaign.

Membership Engagement Committee
Co-Chairs: Jasmine Gould, Strategic Consulting Partners, and Tristan Wright, M&T Bank
Staff liaison: Alex Held

The Membership Engagement Committee serves as a resource to all Arlington Chamber of Commerce members by connecting with them, communicating engagement opportunities, and working with each member to identify which opportunities best fit their objectives by helping them to determine ways to maximize their membership.  Committee members provide an annual touch point for each member, ensuring that the member has a resource to help them connect with the Chamber opportunities that will best align with their objectives.

YEA! Booster Committee
Chair: Christine Searle, Searle Business Solutions
Staff liaison: Alex Held

The YEA! Booster Committee seeks to expand upon the success of the Arlington Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy, by increasing the awareness of hte program within the community, increasing revenue for the program, and increasing involvement with the program from the Chamber membership and student population. In order to be a key partner for the program's success, booster committee members will utilize their talents, connections, and resources to help support the YEA! Program's mission of providing entrepreneurial education for middle and high school students.

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