Amanda Blackwood commenced her role as President and CEO of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (Metro Chamber) on May 1, 2018. She is the first female President and CEO of the Metro Chamber, not serving in a temporary position, in its 124 year history. As President and CEO, she leads the strategic direction, vision, culture and business operations of the Metro Chamber.
Before joining the Metro Chamber, Blackwood served as owner and managing partner of OE Consulting Group, a women-owned and led firm established in 2014 that works with both for and nonprofit clients to provide strategic solutions for talent management and business process challenges.
Blackwood’s career spans both the private and nonprofit sectors with a strong focus on financial management, including her past role as CFO for Folsom Asset Management, Inc. (FAM) during which time she oversaw a multi-million dollar real estate fund in three markets and 13 active companies. Under her leadership, FAM won the Sacramento Business Journal’s Best Place to Work Award in 2013. Blackwood’s experience in operations and driving the growth of a company includes time served as the chief development officer for Elevation Entertainment Group, where she provided leadership to ensure effective, efficient and culturally aligned operations for a statewide, multi-location, 700 team member workforce.
Before going into the private sector, Blackwood spent two years with the Rental Housing Association, a membership-based nonprofit trade group for the rental industry. There she specialized in membership recruitment and retention as well as the profitable execution of an array of large-scale events, government affairs initiatives, educational programs and the management of all accounting and financial reporting.
Her passion for economic development and community investment has driven Blackwood to devote time and expertise to multiple regional boards and projects. Her experience working with chambers includes serving on the board of directors for the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce, including serving as board chair in 2018. She has supported the growth of local entrepreneurship by serving on the committee for Valley Vision’s SlingShot project, vice chair of Greater Sacramento Economic Council’s Young Professional Board, and is a past president of Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program Alumni Association. She currently sits on the boards of Sacramento Works, Visit Sacramento, Downtown Sacramento Partnership and PRO Youth and Families.
Blackwood is a frequent public speaker including speaking appearances for the California Department of Human Resources and Girl Scouts USA.