Councils & Committees

If you have any questions, please contact memberinfo@austinchamber.com.


Chamber Board of Directors

The Chamber Board of Directors provide guidance and counsel at the highest level towards achieving our mission and goals. The Nominating Committee proposes new nominees to serve a three-year term each year. Per the Chamber bylaws, any member in good standing may make an additional nomination(s) by submitting in writing a nomination(s) to the President, Mike Rollins that contains the signatures of twenty-five members in good standing.

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

Nomination Committee

Kristi Fogle
kfogle@austinchamber.com

Brian Cassidy
Locke Lord, LLP


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.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

6x

Members

Walt Zaykowski
wzaykowski@austinchamber.com

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

bbox@austinchamber.com

Jesus Becerra
Wells Fargo


Austin Business Awards Nomination Committee

Members serve to support the Chamber staff in managing the Greater Austin Business Awards nomination process to communicate and encourage business from all industries to submit nominations in the eleven categories.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

April-June

Members

Lyn Chasteen
lchasteen@austinchamber.com

Liz Hocker
Texas Capital Bank


Austin Business Owners Council

Provide a voice for business on matters that are of interest to them including state legislative issues, local government and transportation issues. Create an Area Business Council under the umbrella of the Business Council to provide a forum where businesses based in geographical areas of greater Austin 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

Open to any member that is
an Owner, Founder, CEO or Principal

Mike Rollins
mrollins@austinchamber.com

Rudy Garza
Garza EMC


Austin Gives Leadership Council

Member group supports the Chamber staff in managing Austin Gives business programming and address issues that affect Austin Gives Businesses; as well as, to support the mission of the organization. Vice Chair will work with staff to build a network of volunteers which have the necessary contacts in the community to identify and provide engagement as needed for our Austin Gives business members.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

Quarterly

Members

Beth Krueger
bkrueger@austinchamber.com

Denise Bradley
St. David’s HealthCare

Austin Gives Engagement Committee

Austin Gives Businesses make up this committee to develop the annual awards program to recognize business philanthropy and engagement opportunities through hosted mixers for Austin Gives members and prospects.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

6x

Austin Gives Business Members

Beth Krueger
bkrueger@austinchamber.com

Debbie Johnson
M & S Solutions/ Successful Giving

Austin Gives Awards Luncheon Committee

Austin Gives Businesses make up this committee to develop the annual awards luncheon to recognize businesses for their philanthropy commitment.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

October-April, Monthly

Austin Gives Business Members

Beth Krueger
bkrueger@austinchamber.com

Kristin Marcum
Elizabeth Christian Public Relations, LLC

Communications Council

Provides input on communication needs for all investors and offers guidance on addressing key local/ national issues that might impact the Austin region in the context of the Chamber’s mission.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

Quarterly

Members approved by Vice Chair

Danielle Trevino
dtrevino@austinchamber.com


Walt Zaykowski
wzaykowski@austinchamber.com

Kristi Gonzales
KVUE

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 FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

Quarterly

Invitation Only

Leigh Christie
lchristie@austinchamber.com

David Altounian
St. Edwards University

Customer Experience Council

Provide strategic and tactical guidance to staff as it implements strategies that improve the Chamber’s customer experiences.

MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

6x

Invitation Only

Jonathan Packer
jpacker@austinchamber.com

Stacy Armijo
Amplify Credit Union

Education: Financial Aid Program Volunteers (FAFSA)

Assist college enrollment managers with community outreach by placing phone calls to students and parents/guardians to inform them of the importance of completing the FAFSA and the free personal assistance available during the “Financial Saturdays” held at different high schools in central Texas.

STAFF LIAISON
Gilbert Zavala
gzavala@austinchamber.com

Economic Development Corporation Board

Provide strategic and tactical guidance to staff as it implements strategies that improve the Chamber’s customer experiences.

STAFF LIAISON
CHAIR
Mike Rollins
mrollins@austinchamber.com
Gary Farmer

Heritage Title Company


Economic Development Council

Economic Development Council (EDC) is comprised of Lead Investors in Opportunity Austin. Group meets regularly to receive updates on prospect activity, market activity, initiatives relevant to economic development and other items of interest.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Monthly (except during months of quarterly OA breakfast meeting)

OA Lead Investors
(2 seats max per company)

Charisse Bodisch
cbodisch@austinchamber.com
Gary Farmer

Heritage Title Company


Federal Advocacy Council

Business professionals who handle government relations for companies and those who have an interest in government policy at the federal level meet to discuss federal policy and how it effects Central Texas. The Federal Advocacy agenda is formed through this meeting for Board approval. This council also plans the Chamber’s D.C. trip.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

6x

Members

Dana Harris
dharris@austinchamber.com
Jay Fox

Baylor Scott & White Health


Finance Committee

The committee serves to support the overall finance and accounting for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

4x

Corporate Accounting and Public Accounting Firms

Leslie Gruver
lgruver@austinchamber.com
Steven Knebel

Maxwell Locke & Ritt LLP


Innovation Committee

This group of leaders is working together to strengthen our annual A-List event and to develop an ongoing continuum of care for our A-List nominees and winners.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Monthly

Invitation Only

Leigh Christie
lchristie@austinchamber.com
Emily Rollins
Deloitte

Cristina Silingardi
vcfo

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
lchristie@austinchamber.com

Mehron Azarmehr
Azarmehr Law Group


Local Advocacy Council

A cohort of distinctly Austin companies which informs the Chamber on local advocacy positions, advocates for Chamber positions, and reacts quickly to proposed policies. We work to make Austin region affordable for both businesses and their employees—from supporting affordable housing to finding transportation solutions to having a voice on local policies that impact the cost of doing business.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Monthly

Members approved by Vice Chair

Jeremy Martin
jmartin@austinchamber.com

Mason Ayer
Kerbey Lane Café


Programs & Partnerships Committee

The committee reviews events and makes suggestions to improve program content and support chamber staff in identifying organizational funders through investment in annual partnerships and event sponsorships to support the mission of the organization. Vice Chair will work with staff liaison to build a committee of which have the necessary contacts in the community to outreach to businesses for support.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

6x

Pivotal, Foundation and Corporate Partners

Beth Krueger
bkrueger@austinchamber.com

Jeremiah Bentley
Texas Mutual Insurance Company


State Advocacy Council

Group of business professionals who meet to discuss state policy which will improve the Central Texas business climate, make recommendations to the Chamber Board of Directors and work to enact it.

Plans the Central Texas Day at the Capitol and state government interaction and engagement.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Schedule set by chair

Members

Dana Harris
dharris@austinchamber.com

Rex Gore
PJS


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.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

Monthly

Members

Matt Geske
mgeske@austinchamber.com

Fred Heldenfels
Heldenfels Enterprises


Talent & Workforce Council

The council is composed of HR executives of primary employers focused on deepening the Austin talent pool through attraction and retraining.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

8x

Private sector members approved by Council

Kwee Lan Teo
kteo@austinchamber.com

Cynthea Rhodes-Patterson
Home Depot Technology Center