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

Craig Enoch,

Enoch Kever


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

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

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

Monica Fernandes,

Texas Capital Bank


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.

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MEETING FREQUENCY

WHO CAN SERVE

STAFF LIAISON

CHAIR

6x

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

Kristi Fogle

David Jabour,

Twin Liquors


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 supporting the mission of the organization. The vice chair will work with staff to build a network of volunteers that 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

6x

Austin Gives sustainers

Beth Krueger

Jeremiah Bentley,
Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Austin Gives Engagement Committee

This committee develops 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

Debbie Johnson,
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

Community Members

Beth Krueger

Julie Fisher,
National Instruments

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

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

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

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
Charisse Bodisch
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
Gary Farmer,
Heritage Title Company


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 FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

3x

Corporate accounting and public accounting executives

Leslie Gruver
Steven Knebel,

Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP


Government Relations Council

The Government Relations Council is comprised of local business leaders who inform the Chamber's stances on policy issues. This committee meets monthly.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIRS

Monthly

Members

Dana Harris,
Jeremy Martin

Tamara Fields,
Accenture
(Local & State)

Fred Heldenfels,
Heldenfels Enterprises (Federal)

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
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

Mehron Azarmehr,
Azarmehr Law Group



Programs & Partnerships Council

The council 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 council that has the necessary contacts in the community to outreach to businesses for support.

MEETING FREQUENCYWHO CAN SERVESTAFF LIAISON
CHAIR

6x

Pivotal, Foundation and Corporate Partners

Lyn Chasteen

Kristin Marcum,

Elizabeth Christian Public Relations



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

Shaun Cranston,
Halff Associates


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

6x

Private-sector members approved by vice chair

Kwee Lan Teo

Cynthea Rhodes-Patterson,
Home Depot Technology Center