ChamberRVA is fortunate to have a number of volunteers that generously give of their time and talents to benefit not only the organization, but the business community as a whole. Many thanks to members of the following committees for your commitment to the business community.


Select a committee below to learn more.

The Audit Committee oversees the annual independent audit of the Chamber’s financial statements and encourages effective governance practices including review of Chamber policies and potential conflicts of interest.

Chair: Pat Gottschalk, Partner, Williams Mullen

For more information, contact Rob Anderson at or (804) 783-9303

The role of the Cabinet Forum is to identify and address issues of interest to the business community within each of the four largest jurisdictions of the Chamber’s footprint (City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico). The cabinets serve as advisory committees and are accountable to the Chamber’s Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Chair: Bill Fiege | VP, Learning and Student Success | John Tyler Community College

For more information, contact John Easter at or (804) 783-9321

The ChamberWomen Committee creates a unique experience for professional women to build community, network, connect and engage with other smart, motivated women in greater RVA by fostering dialogue and inspiring personal and professional growth.

Chair: Jennifer Hunter | SVP, Corporate Citizenship | Altria

For more information, contact April Perrin at or (804) 783-9301

Made up of the Chair, the Chair-Elect, the Vice Chair and the Immediate Past Chair the Compensation Committee is responsible for the performance review of the President on at least an annual basis. The committee sets the compensation and determines benefits for the President, while providing oversight for the general evaluation process for the Chamber Staff and provides guidance and counsel on personnel issues, including strategies for compensation and benefits and general personnel policies.

The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the financial position of ChamberRVA with regard to the annual budget and investments of Chamber assets. The committee presents the annual budget to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors and provides regular updates as to the performance in relation to budget, while providing oversight of the Chamber’s finance, human resources, information technology, telecommunications and facilities management functions.

Chair: Maria Tedesco | President | Atlantic Union Bank

For more information, contact Rob Anderson at or (804) 783-9303

The Futures Committee is responsible for exploration of topics to focus on for the creation of broad regional priorities, based on data, demographics, and economic trends. The committee is integral in developing the topics of interest for InterCity Visits and use data and trends to anticipate future community needs.

Chair: Renee Haltom | VP and Regional Executive | Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

For more information, contact Kelley McCall at or (804) 783-9315

The Government Affairs Committee is responsible for development of public policy recommendations to the Board of Directors in the area of government affairs. The committee proposes ChamberRVA’s position on legislative matters at the federal, state and government levels, and helps establish priorities that are of interest to business and the community at large. The committee includes representatives of the business councils, who help coordinate the government affairs work at the regional and local levels.

Chair: Ken Johnson | President & CEO | JMI

For more information, contact John Easter at or (804) 783-9321

The Chamber’s HYPE program brings together young professionals (ages 21-40) in the Greater Richmond Region through social, educational and professional development programs, community involvement and networking events.

Chair: Abby Credicott | Supervisor – Environmental Regulations, Corporate Air Programs | Dominion Energy

For more information, contact Rachel Rodney at or (804) 783-9310

The Leadership Development Committee is responsible for the development of volunteers for business leadership both within the Chamber and the RVA community.

Chair: Sam Young | President | Astyra Corporation

For more information, contact Kelley McCall at or (804) 783-9315

The Marketing & Branding Committee is responsible for oversight of the development and delivery of the Chamber’s overall brand, as well as establishing and driving the brand of the RVA business community.  The committee focuses on disseminating to the region the contributions (jobs, service, innovation, economic development, etc.) of the business community—with an emphasis on Chamber members, of course.

Chair: Moses Foster | President & CEO | West Cary Group

For more information, contact Maribeth Conrad at or (804) 783-9312

The Member Value Committee’s objective is to provide oversight for the process of engaging members and measuring the results of our efforts to increase member value. With the goal of enhancing and assessing the value of ChamberRVA membership and continuing to identify ways to provide a quality experience for all members.

Chair: Patty Merrill | Merrill Consulting

For more information, contact Stephanie Phillips at or (804) 783-9350

This committee’s objective is to provide support for Mission Tomorrow and to continue to integrate Mission Tomorrow into the Chamber’s broader workforce initiatives. The committee focus is to increase the participation and engagement of the students for this two-day experience and enhance the follow-up activities post event.

Chair: Mitch Haddon | President & CEO | ColonialWebb

For more information, contact John Easter at or (804) 783-9321

This committee’s objective is to provide advocacy for the Richmond Marine Terminal in the areas of land management and business development, transportation, logistics and workforce. The Port Task Force published a white paper in January 2018, with recommendations for action in each of these areas, and the Port Committee will work to advance those recommendations.

Chair: Matt Wells | Senior Manager for State Government Relations | WestRock

For more information, contact John Easter at or (804)783-9321

This committee’s objective is to support the workforce initiatives of the Chamber including the efforts undertaken through the FutureRVA program. Continue the work to coordinate the business community’s current and future workforce needs and identify programs and opportunities to prepare that workforce. Identify possible areas of importance from an advocacy standpoint to help deliver better quality education and workforce programs.

Chair: Paula Pando | President | Reynolds Community College

For more information, contact Sharaza Nelson at or (804) 783-9327

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