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Public Policy Committee

An important part of Chamber membership is awareness and advocacy on matters of public policy that directly impact Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The Chamber strives to raise key issues as an honest broker and constructively provide a crucial business perspective to many challenges and opportunities in our community.

The Public Policy Committee serves as a legislative and regulatory think tank for the Chamber Board of Directors and the many roundtables and councils of the Chamber, to help inform the organization’s advocacy efforts and initiatives. The committee also reviews legislative action and, when necessary, recommends action to the Chamber Board of Directors. Only the Board of Directors can decide whether the Chamber will take a formal position on issues of public policy. The Public Policy Committee and Chamber of Commerce DO NOT endorse candidates for office.

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Chair: Rebecca Ivins, Hourigan

Steering Committee:

  • Dick Abidin, Artisan Construction, Inc
  • Kara Chandeysson, Ting
  • Ashley Davies, Riverbend Development
  • Chris Engel, City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development (Ex Officio)
  • Lorri Haney, Advanced Network Systems Inc
  • Darcy Higgins, Move for Health
  • Roger Johnson, Albemarle County Office of Economic Development (Ex Officio)
  • Craig Kotarski, Timmons Group
  • Valerie Long, Williams Mullen
  • Todd Rowley, Old Dominion National Bank
  • Jennifer Siciliano, UVA Health
  • Neil Williamson, Free Enterprise Forum

Chamber Liaison: Elizabeth Cromwell, President & CEO