Metro Chamber Committees
THE SACRAMENTO METRO CHAMBER UTILIZES VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP through multiple committees that provide members with the opportunity to serve and make their voices heard on policy matters, events, programs and activities managed by the Metro Chamber. More than 450 members volunteer their time yearly to provide the pivotal direction that leads the organization.
The Metro Chamber encourages participation, and in fact relies on the expertise of members to guide the actions of the organization. Service on a committee is an important way for businesses to play a relevant leadership role, increase the value of membership and increase visibility among member businesses. | Committees Calendar (pdf)
Public Policy & Economic Development Committees | Membership Committees | Programs & Event Committees | Communications Committee | Community Programs
Executive Committee & Board of Directors
The 79 voting member Board of Directors and its Executive Committee lead and guide the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Each department of the Metro Chamber is steered by a committee and its vice chair, who is a member of the Executive Committee. View Metro Chamber Board
Public Policy & Economic Development Department
Maggie Townsley, ICF International -- Vice Chair, Public Policy
Ashil Abhat, Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Vice Chair, Jobs & Business Growth
Staff: Matt Yancey, Director, Business & Economic Development, 916-321-9153
Staff: Johnnise Foster-Downs, Manager Regional Policy & External Relations, 916-321-9154
JOBS & BUSINESS GROWTH
Provides overarching leadership to ensure public policies adopted at the federal, state, regional and local level are innovative and empower businesses to flourish.
Terry Harevego, Harvego Enterprises -- Co-Chair
Tom Kandris, American River Packaging -- Co-Chair
Manages Metro Pulse partnership.
Ernesto Lucero, City of West Sacramento -- Chair
Dean Peckham, City of Sacramento -- Vice Chair
WORKFORCE & EDUCATION
Advocates for education policies and sources of funding which meet the workforce needs of employers in the Sacramento region, enhance educational outcomes and workforce preparation of students, and drive higher education objectives
Philip Arndt, Comcast -- Chair
Dave Butler, NextED -- Vice Chair
Works collaboratively with regional stakeholders to identify a unified funding strategy to support civic amenities spanning entertainment, the arts, sports, science, recreation, sustainable agri-tourism and cultural attractions.
Warren Smith, Clean World Partners -- Co-Chair
Tim Youmans, Economic Planning Systems (EPS) -- Co-Chair
Bill Blake, B Street Theatre -- Co-Chair
FLOOD / WATER
Pursues funding for flood protection efforts in the six-county region from local, state and federal sources and pursues “regional friendly” policies for flood protection projects and efforts in the six-county region.
Ric Rinehart, MBK Engineers -- Co-Chair
John Woodling, Regional Water Authority -- Co-Chair
Shauna Lorance, San Juan Water District -- Co-Chair
AIR QUALITY (Cleaner Air Partnership–a Metro Chamber partner)
Advocates at the local, state and federal level for policies and programs that help minimize smog-forming emissions from mobile sources such as cars and trucks in a manner that does not negatively impact job creation or the economic climate.
LAND USE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Enhances public policies that affect our region’s land use policies and natural resources in a collaborative, integrated and sustainable manner.
Brian Plant, Remy, Moose & Manley -- Co-Chair
Stacey McKinley, The McKinley Consulting Group -- Co-Chair
Deanne Green, Brookfield -- Co-Chair
Proactively advocates at the local, regional, state and federal levels for programs and policies that benefit the regional transportation system for both people and goods movement.
Alen Glen, Quincey Engineering -- Co-Chair
Gene Endicott, Endicott Communications -- Co-Chair
Cheryl Creson, PB Americas -- Co-Chair
HEALTH CARE & BIOSCIENCES
Enhances both the health care and the biosciences industry clusters in a collaborative manner with other regional stakeholders. Additionally, the committee should provide oversight and proactively engage in health care policy at the federal, state and local level.
AD HOC ISSUES TASK FORCE
Addresses significant critical issues or legislation that arise unplanned.
Maggie Townsley, ICF International -- Chair
Ashil Abhat, Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Vice Chair
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (METRO PAC)
Continue to solidify influence and effectiveness by strategically supporting pro-business candidates and raising funds to support political activities.
Frank Washington, KBTV -- Chair
Roy Brewer, Brewer Lofgren LLP -- Vice Chair
Focuses on member recruitment and retention and audits current member services.
ARDEN ARCADE BUSINESS COUNCIL
Committee focuses on working for a stronger business community within Arden Arcade by advocating and promoting the Arden Arcade business community. Visit the Arden Arcade website, www.arden-arcade.org, for more information.
Tim Cahill, Charles C. Bell Inc. -- Chair
Rob Ford, Ames-Grenz Insurance Services --Vice Chair
Committee plans activities of the Metro Chamber's premier volunteer group that acts as a liaison between the Metro Chamber and its members. Details
Kristi Lakich, TelePacific Communications-- Chair
Ellie Shaw, Shaw Media Consulting - Vice Chair
Programs & Events Department
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Produce relevant, quality events to advance Metro Chamber objectives and to serve members’ interests for information, networking and visibility
Tim Murphy, Aerojet -- Vice Chair of Programs and Events
Staff: Renee Siden, Director, Programs & Events, 916-319-4262
CAPITOL-TO-CAPITOL STEERING COMMITTEE
Organizes the annual trip of business and civic leaders to Washington D.C., April 13 - 17, 2013, to advocate on issues of concern to the region. Committee limited to team captains.
Babs Sandeen, Los Rios Community College District -- Chair
Keri Thomas, Sutter Health -- 1st Vice Chair
Scott Shapiro, Downey Brand LLP -- 2nd Vice Chair
Plans and implements activities for the Metro Chamber's young professionals group.
PERSPECTIVES STEERING COMMITTEE
Plans, prepares and assists in the organization of Perspectives, scheduled for Sept. 23, 2011. Limited to Perspectives sponsor and partner representatives.
STATE LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT
Plans the annual advocacy day at the State Capitol, March 6, 3013. Limited to Team Captains.
Alex Taghavian, University of Phoenix -- Chair
Krista Bernasconi, KFB Public Affairs -- Vice Chair
STUDY MISSION STEERING COMMITTEE
Comprised of team captains in 5-6 issue areas; organizes the annual study mission trip on which business and civic leaders travel to learn about another American city.
Meets prior to September, 2013.
Christine Ault, Christine Ault Communications -- Chair
Tim Murphy, Aerojet -- Vice Chair
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Formulates and directs communication activities, emphasizing brand, strategic alliances, marketing and advertising strategies, internal and external communications programs and news media relations.
Gordon Fowler, 3Fold Communications—Vice Chair of Marketing & Communications
Staff: Carla Hass, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, 916-321-9147
Assists in engaging the Metro Chamber and the region in prioritizing community leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy within their personal and professional objectives. The Metro Chamber’s Community Development efforts will also be branded as Project Inspire.
Chris Delfino, Downey Brand LLP – Vice Chair, Community Development
Gordon Fowler, 3fold Communications – Board Liaison, Metro EDGE
Susan Harris, Sr. Vice President, Programs & Events
INSPIRE GIVING COMMITTEE
Leads effort in the development of a fundraising, management and giving strategy.
Comprised of mainly Leadership Sacramento alumni, assists with curriculum planning, sponsorship solicitation, recruitment of applicants and alumni involvement for the Leadership Sacramento program.
Kelly Bennett-Wofford, Cover The Kids -- Chair
Scott Moak, 3Fold Communications -- Vice Chair
LEADERSHIP SACRAMENTO ALUMNI COMMITTEE
Comprised of mainly Leadership Sacramento alumni, plans alumni reunion activities.
Assists in planning Metro EDGE young professionals group philanthropic activities.
SACRAMENTO METRO CHAMBER FOUNDATION
Assists in the implementation of the Metro Chamber Foundation initiatives and helps make decisions on requests for grants and support.