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, chaired by the Immediate Past Board Chair, 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: Polly White | President | Gather

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

The role of the Council 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: Rachel Yost | Principal Partner | SIR

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

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.

Responsible for maintaining fidelity to the ChamberRVA DEI Action Plan, developed by the DEI Task Force in 2020-2021 and approved by the Board of Directors in November 2021. Serve as a sounding board as aspects of the plan are implemented.

Chair: Jennifer Hunter | SVP, Corporate Citizenship | Altria

For more information, contact Brittany Seward at or (804) 774-9779.

Responsible for convening, partnering and collaborating to strengthen Black and Brown owned businesses in the Richmond region. The Committee’s focus will be to work with stakeholders to remove barriers and increase access to these businesses.

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

For more information contact Brittany Seward at or (804) 774-9779

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: Ken Ampy | President | Astyra

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 Christina Mastroianni 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: Andy Poarch | COO | Alliance Group

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: Kelsey McLeland | Tech Learning and Development Program Manager | Capital One

For more information, contact Chirstina Mastroianni at or (804) 783-9315

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 Christina Mastroianni 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: Will Melton | Founder & CEO | Xponent21

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

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: Rebecca Ivins | Client Solutions Manager | Hourigan

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

RVA NOW is a program of ChamberRVA, giving young professionals real talk about Richmond and the many reasons why it should be at the top of your list for places to work, live, play and impact. The RVA NOW Committee is responsible for the direction of the Chamber’s RVA Now initiative including providing oversight for the administration of the Go Virginia grant and coordinating with YRichmond programs.

Chair: Phil Hatfield | Head of Small Business Bank Credit, Fraud, Data Science, and Digital Product | Capital One

For more information, contact Beth Weisbrod at or (804) 240-8787

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: Elizabeth Creamer | Vice President, Workforce Development & Credential Attainment  |  Community College Workforce Alliance

For more information, contact Beth Weisbrod at or (804) 240-8787

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