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Andrea Ellinghouse
Executive Director
(916) 319-4260

Charleen Floyd
Program Manager
(916) 319-4276

The Metro Chamber Foundation’s mission is to create equitable paths to leadership, community engagement, and employment for people in business in the Capital Region. We know that an investment in people builds a talent pipeline, improves workforce diversity, and brings new ideas and skills into the workplace, which are all critical components of building a healthy and thriving community.

The Metro Chamber Foundation currently operates and facilitates five programs, building a pipeline of leaders starting in elementary school through senior level executives.

Lemonade Day is an experiential program designed for students in grade 3 through 5 but can be adapted for kids of all ages. The program teaches youth the skills they need to operate or run their own business, including identifying a product, creating a business plan, figuring out a budget, and even selling the product and deciding what to do with your earnings. Small businesses are critical to our economy and teaching youth these entrepreneurial and business skills at a young age are essential for our future.

Thousand Strong is operated in partnership with Mayor Steinberg’s office. The mission of Thousand Strong is to boost Sacramento’s economic prosperity by collaborating with local businesses to create a pool of skilled, experienced young talent through paid youth employment. Thousand Strong serves urban high school students between the ages of 16-18 attending public schools. The year-long, paid internship program matches young, talented students with businesses and then readies those interns for success on the job.

Metro EDGE is a young professional membership organization that has a mission to engage a diverse network, develop critical business skills, give back to the community, and empower leadership. Metro EDGE members come from a myriad of business, public, and nonprofit sectors with diverse backgrounds and education levels.

Leadership Sacramento develops community-minded business and civic leaders of tomorrow. The year-long interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economy. Leadership Sacramento is available to a select group of participants chosen through a competitive application process, hosting monthly day-long sessions and culminating in the completion of a community betterment project.

Inspire Giving is an endowment fund administered by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and guided by the Metro Chamber Foundation. Individuals contribute to Inspire Giving to be able to collectively give a donation larger than they could give on their own. Every year Inspire Giving provides a $10,000 grant and in-kind services to a local nonprofit.

Together, these programs help professionals and the leaders of our community connect, embrace employees who lead and encourage professionals and businesses to give back and serve the communities they call home.

It was the countless hours and donations from the business men and women of the Sacramento Metro Chamber that made it all possible. Through their dedication and their hard work, we now have a food bank that is a wonderful facility for the entire community of Sacramento and I can’t say thank you enough.

Eileen Thomas, Executive Director River City Food Bank

Metro EDGE is part of the leading demographic that is creating real and positive change in our region.

DR. MICHAEL MARION, 2015 METRO EDGE CHAIR Drexel University

Leadership Sacramento 2015 has enhanced my compassion, commitment, and involvement in our community.

CAPTAIN BILL CHAMPION, CLASS OF 2015 Sacramento Police Department

Our youth writers, volunteers, and board cannot thank Inspire Giving enough for its generosity. Winning the prize money and in-kind services made it a reality to open a whimsical writing center for low-income youth. The Inspire Giving team supplied the leadership, tools, talent, and time to make our vision a reality. They exceeded our expectations, and in turn, inspired us to aim higher and bigger to make an impact in Sacramento.

KATIE MCCLEARY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 916 Ink

Uptown Studios has had a participant in each year of Leadership Sacramento since 2012. The benefits that each of my employees gain from the experience far outweighs the investment. Suddenly we have another 35 people that get to know our team and build new relationships. Leadership Sacramento has helped position Uptown Studios as a leader in our community.

Tina Reynolds, Class of 2012 Uptown Studios