Make a Difference – Join a Chamber Committee
Task Forces: Ballot Measures; Public Safety; Illegal Dumping; and Budget
The Public Policy Committee is comprised primarily of government affairs professionals from Chamber member businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies. The Committee is responsible for guiding and advising the Chamber Board of Directors in legislative decisions as well serving as a place for policy generation and discussion. Open by invitation only
Chair: Ana Apodaca, Community and Government Relations Manager, Kaiser Permanente
Staff Contact: Sky Marazzi, Public Policy Manager
Transportation, Housing, and Land Use
Task Forces: Manufacturing; Infrastructure; and Broadband
Transportation, Housing, and Land Use drives the Chamber’s agenda relative to ensuring Oakland is well-positioned for sustainable and equitable economic growth by convening an array of stakeholders from developers to transit agencies to city planners to nonprofit leaders. The committee tackles longstanding economic development issues from a unique, solutions-oriented and inter-disciplinary approach.
Chair: Edward McFarlan, JRDV Urban International
Staff Contact: Barbara Leslie, President/CEO
diversity, equity & inclusion
The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our DEI Committee is focused on educating companies on the importance of DEI efforts and will create a platform for a variety of DEI initiatives. Our focus areas are:
Workforce | Marketplace | Workplace
The committee will host a series of events to foster an engaged community through education, discussion, and collaboration.
Chair: Ken Maxey, Director of Government Relations, Comcast
Education and Workforce
Task forces: Tech and Innovation; Trade and Logistics; Healthcare; and Education
Education and workforce preparation are the most important economic development activities in working to ensure prosperity and growth can be shared by all Oaklanders. The Jobs and Workforce Committee guides the Chamber’s regional workforce development responsibilities while also identifying policies and practices that will create new jobs throughout Oakland
Community Impact Committee
Chair: Blase Bova, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
Staff Contact: Holly Baumbach, Communications Director| email@example.com
Small Business Council
Oakland’s vibrant small business community is an asset to the entire city. The Small Business Council convenes a diverse group of Oakland entrepreneurs, employees, and advocates to share knowledge and resources to grow and support Oakland’s small and micro business ecosystem.
Chair: Angela Tsay, CEO & Creative Director, Oaklandish