A woman who has spent many years working for the United States Chamber of Commerce has been selected to serve as next president and chief executive officer of the local counterpart.
Natalie S. Masri will begin work leading the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce this Thursday. Masri has spent the last 12 years at the Center for Women in Business at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Businesses play a vital role in making our communities stronger, and the Chamber is the voice of the business community, serving as a champion, convener and catalyst,” Masri is quoted in a press release. “Having worked with chambers around the country as they tackle local challenges, I’m eager to apply those lessons in my home community.”
Masri is also the founder of Brave May LLC according to her LinkedIn profile. That’s a consulting firm. Her appointment caps off a five-month search to replace Elizabeth Cromwell. Cromwell served in the position for four years before stepping down earlier this year.
Interim president Andrea Copeland will become the Chamber’s chief operating officer. Copeland began work for the Chamber as a volunteer nearly 20 years ago.
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