Councils & Committees

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Air Services Task Force

Members work with local businesses to quantify demand for out of country non-stop destinations and works with Austin Bergstrom International Airport to improve the service, frequency, and competitive prices for non-stop service. Learn More

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

6X Annually

Members

Matt Geske

Doug Driskill,

Dell Technologies


Ambassadors Committee

Ambassadors serve as the welcome arm of the Chamber, welcoming new members and promoting member involvement. Ambassadors volunteer for company ribbon cuttings and foster engagement by hosting new members many civic and social functions.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

Monthly

Members

Britney Box

Lily Smith, Texas Systems Group


Austin Business Owners Council

The Business Owners Council provides a forum where businesses can have a voice on local issues of importance, meet with district city council members and make business connections.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

6X Annually

Open to any member that is an owner, founder, CEO or principal

Britney Box

David Jabour,

Twin Liquors


Business Engagement Committee (Includes Austin Gives)

The Engagement Committee develops the annual awards programs to recognize business philanthropy and community engagement. This Committee will also lead the Chamber's Programs & Partnership initiatives.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

6X Annually

Members, as approved by the Chair

Lyn Chasteen

Jeremiah Bentley,
Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Education & Talent Councils


COUNCIL NAME

DESCRIPTION

WHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
Education CouncilThe Chamber Education Council consists of C-level business leaders and Opportunity Austin investors who provide leadership on Chamber education and talent development strategies, policy priorities, and initiatives aiming to strengthen our Central Texas talent pipeline.Members, approved by the chairGilbert Zavala
Talent CouncilThe council is composed of HR executives of primary employers focused on deepening the Austin talent pool through workforce policies and initiatives that support talent attraction and development.Members, approved by the chairKwee Lan Teo
DTC70 Executive CouncilThe Chamber’s DTC70 Executive Council consists of school district superintendents and Education Council members who directly oversee the Chamber’s Direct-to-College Achievement Plan, or DTC70. The DTC70 Partnership is the first multi-chamber, multi-school district, multi-business compact to commit to enroll 70% of the Class of 2020-2021 directly in higher education, military, or high-demand job training.Members, approved by the chairGilbert Zavala, Zhelun Chen
Financial Aid Saturdays/Weekdays Volunteer Program (FAFSA):The Chamber’s financial aid program trains and organizes business, education, and community volunteers to help high school seniors and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our FAFSA campaign connects students and parents with grants, scholarships, work-study, and other aid to help make higher education more affordable.Members, approved by the chairGilbert Zavala, Zhelun Chen

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing the financial condition of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and reporting to the Board of Directors on a regular basis. This committee also selects the certified public accounting firm to conduct an annual independent audit.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

3X Annually

Corporate accounting and public financial executives, as approved by the Chair

Leslie Gruver

Michael Crowl, UFCU


Government Relations Council

The Government Relations Council is comprised of local business leaders who inform the Chamber's stances on policy issues at all levels of government. Learn More

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIRS

Monthly

Members

Dana Harris,
Jeremy Martin

Tamara Fields,
Accenture



International Advisory Council

This committee who has branded themselves as the “Austin Global Gateway” is made up of Austin- based business leaders with extensive international experience who are working with foreign investors and businesses who are interested in investing in or relocating to the Austin, Texas region.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Quarterly

Invitation Only

Leigh Christie

Mehron Azarmehr,
Azarmehr Law Group


OA Capital Committee

The committee is comprised of an active group of local funders who focus on the need for additional capital across specific industries in the region. Available capital will support corporate recruitment, the development of the innovation zone and will be critical to the innovation agenda.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Quarterly

Invitation Only

Leigh Christie

David Altounian,
St. Edwards University


Regional Mobility Committee

Business professionals – both those with a direct interest in transportation issues and those who are interested in the topic – who wish to stay informed to learn about and discuss issues related to regional mobility and transportation infrastructure. It’s an opportunity for members to network, learn, and help influence the direction of transportation policy throughout the region. Learn more

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Monthly

Members

Matt Geske

Shaun Cranston,
Halff Associates