Chamber Staff


  • Jeremy Martin

    President and CEO

    Jeremy Martin serves as President & CEO to the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He has represented Central Texas businesses at all levels of government from the White House Business Council to local community groups with one purpose in mind: strengthening the Central Texas regional economy to create job opportunities across the economic spectrum. Prior to his current role, Jeremy served as Senior Vice President at the Chamber for thirteen years. As Senior Vice President of Strategy, he was involved in strategic planning efforts at the Chamber such as the regional Opportunity Austin initiative and the Chamber's annual InterCity Visit.

    As Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Jeremy oversaw advocacy efforts at the Chamber focusing on priorities such as economic development policy, transportation, infrastructure, education/workforce development, and regulatory climate. Whether it appeared on the ballot or a city council agenda, he knew how policy items affected Chamber members. Jeremy serves on the Board of Directors of the Austin Economic Development Corporation and is a member of the strategic planning committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Advancement Network having been Board Chair in 2016.

    Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematical economic analysis from Rice University and a Master of City Planning with a concentration in community and economic development from the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Emily Alley

    Senior Vice President

    Emily is a seasoned professional with an 8+ year commitment to advancing the Austin Chamber's mission. Emily started her Chamber career in the Global Technology & Innovation department, and her trajectory led her to the role of Senior Vice President. In addition to leading the Operations Team and Employee Relations, she takes the helm in organizing the Chamber's annual InterCity and Federal Advocacy trips, showcasing her leadership expertise and dedication to both internal and external initiatives. Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling with her husband, Jay.

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Operations

  • Sara Saldarriaga

    Manager, Operations

    Sara has over five years of business administration experience, and recently moved to Austin from Houston, Texas. As a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Sara has always loved the Hill Country and its surrounding areas and is excited to be a part of the growth of the region. Other than enjoying the company of her friends and family, Sara is a music enthusiast and loves spending her free time watching live performances or trying to find new artists to listen to.

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  • Terri Bolin

    Manager, Lobby Operations

    For the last 35 years, Terri has worked at the Austin Chamber of Commerce as the first point of contact in the Front Lobby. There never really has been a dull moment. Terri loves the City of Austin and is so proud to be here to represent the Austin Chamber in all our successes and challenges. She is a native Texan born and raised, and always has been an avid University of Texas Longhorn Fan. Terri loves college sports. Her off time is spent with Family, Grandchildren, Friends, and my Australian Shepherd, just trying to keep up with their busy schedules and enjoy time with them all. She has always heard that if you have a job, you love it will never feel like work, and she is living proof of that.

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Finance

  • Maren Sandler

    Vice President, Finance

    Maren Sandler is a seasoned accountant with over eight years of professional experience. Originally from San Diego; Maren has been in Austin for the past 18 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas State University and n 2019, Maren attained the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Her influence extends beyond the balance sheets, contributing to the growth of the Austin Chamber and the Austin business community.

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Advocacy

  • Travis Krogman

    Vice President, State & Federal Relations

    Travis Krogman serves as Vice President of State & Federal Relations, where he leads the Austin Chamber’s advocacy and engagement efforts at the state and national levels. A veteran of Capitol Hill, Travis spent 10 years working in the United States Congress where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and as a policy advisor to Congressman Al Green (TX-09). Travis lives in the Hill Country with his wife and two kids and enjoys golfing, playing baseball and coaching his son’s tee-ball team.

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  • Eric Hale

    Manager, Education & Workforce Policy

    Eric joins the Chamber after serving as a Policy Advisor in the Texas House of Representatives last session, which was followed by a Fellowship with the House Education and Workforce Committee (U.S. Congress) as part of his Masters of Education Degree at U.T. Austin. Prior to these policy roles, Eric was a teacher in Chapel Hill, NC where he excelled as an educator and was recognized for being among the top 20% of reading teachers for student growth in North Carolina.

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  • Taylor Nkollo

    Manager, Government Relations

    Taylor serves as the Manager of Government Relations focusing on local policy and helping advance advocacy efforts at the city and county levels. Taylor joins the Chamber after serving as Director of Government Affairs for Smart City Policy Group, and several Law Clerkships at firms in Austin & Dallas. Taylor graduated with her J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to law school, Taylor worked on Capitol Hill for the late Congressman John Lewis (GA-05). In her free time, she enjoys competing in pageants and spending time with her dogs.

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Customer Experience

  • Britney Box-Hartle

    Vice President, Corporate Engagement

    As a native Austinite, Britney has seen the progression of her beloved city over the years. She ventured to the University of Houston for undergrad, and Roosevelt University for graduate school honing her skills in Corporate Communication and Marketing. Britney has served the Chamber for 5 years now and leads the Membership, Partnership, and Sales teams as the VP of Corporate Engagement. She is powered by community, family, and faith and best found thriving on a weekend at the Domain or on a trail walk with her husband and dogs.

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  • Adison Heyne

    Director, Membership Sales

    Adison is an accomplished and seasoned sales professional with experience in the fields of Hospitality, Recreation, and the Non-Profit sector. She has a passion for building meaningful connections and understands the importance of creating value for our members. Prior to joining the Austin Chamber she lived in Miami, FL where she worked for the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association. When Adison isn’t engaging with the greater Austin business community she enjoys exploring Texas Hill Country, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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  • Tammi Schuller

    Director, Business Development

    Through Tammi’s years of experience in membership driven organizations she brings to the Chamber a talent for managing client relationships and engaging new business. Tammi graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She is a member of The Junior League of Austin and 2024 Leadership Austin Emerge Class. With a fiancé and dogs at home, Tammi spends her leisurely time running the Austin trails and crafting her culinary skills.

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  • Karen Cole

    Manager, Customer Success

    Karen has lived in Austin since 1994 and has a passion for the Austin community. She has many years of experience in customer service, most recently working at Green Mountain Energy Company and National Trial Law here in Austin. Karen transferred from working for Opportunity Austin to Customer Service Manager for the Austin Chamber of Commerce Membership team. She loves working with Austin Chamber members on account support and being out in the community to celebrate the many ribbon-cuttings happening throughout the year. On her free time, Karen enjoys time with friends and hiking with her two dogs Jackie and Hans. Karen is an east Austin resident and likes to brag about the authentic food that can be found in east Austin.

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  • Jenna Rodarte

    Manager, Customer Success

    Jenna is a native Austinite with a passion for her community. She attended the University of North Texas and studied Public Relations and Leadership in the Community and Nonprofits. Since beginning her career, she has focused on community engagement, DEI work, and relationship building at several Austin organizations over the last 8 years including Thinkery, AGE of Central Texas, and Creative Action. Jenna is enthusiastic about engaging and supporting the members of the Austin Chamber and is committed to helping the local business community thrive.

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  • Lauren Wright

    Manager, Customer Success

    Lauren is a native South Texan and proud member of the Texas Aggie Class of ’05. Lauren moved to Austin in 2013 and prior to joining the Austin Chamber, spent 17 years in the hospitality industry in Houston and Austin. Lauren is passionate about delivering top-notch customer service to our valued members and supporting the Austin business community. Having worked in the catering industry for many years, Lauren is a food enthusiast and enjoys exploring the ATX food scene. Lauren loves spending time with her family, friends and weekend trail dates with her beloved golden retriever, Cooper.

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  • Diego Cura

    Membership Sales Representative

    Diego is a recent graduate from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied Government & Mandarin Chinese. During his time at UT, Diego interned with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, City Council, and Mayor's Office. Diego is eager to develop new relationships within the Austin business community and to connect businesses with local resources. When Diego is not engaging with the Chamber, he is usually producing and writing music, or creating visual art.

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Marketing, Communications & Programming

  • Gabrielle Rodriguez

    Vice President, Marketing

    Gabrielle brings eight years of marketing experience, with six of those years focused on the non-profit sector. As a Louisiana native, Gabrielle has an extensive background, having worked in marketing roles at the National City Chamber of Commerce, as well as in media positions within various non-profit organizations. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and finds great joy in traveling and photography.

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  • Shannon Hartigan Contreras

    Director, Communications

    Shannon has lived in Austin since 2012, and graduated with a degree in Communications from Pepperdine University. She started her career in Los Angeles, where she managed communications, marketing, and events for companies including In Style Magazine and the talent agency WME. Since moving to Austin, Shannon has held leadership roles local nonprofits St. David’s Foundation and CASA of Travis County. Shannon is passionate about supporting the Austin community and is a graduate of Leadership Austin's Emerge Program and a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system.

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  • Sarah Schen

    Coordinator, Program Engagement

    Sarah is a native Texan and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Strategic Business Communication. For the past eight years, Sarah has called Austin home. She has background in event planning, logistics, vendor management, client relations, and sales, and brings a wealth of expertise to the Program Engagement team. Outside the world of business, you'll find Sarah actively engaged in the Austin community, volunteering for the Jr. League of Austin and Young Women Alliance.

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