Meet the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2021 Leadership Class

Alexandria, VA – The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce leadership class is back in person and better than ever for 2021. A dynamic nine-month civic leadership development program, the leadership class is designed to hone development personal leadership among local union members. community.

Each year, the House appoints 25 people who meet one Friday a month for nine months to take leadership training, meet with state and city leaders, and learn about leadership in the community.

Antonio Landivar
Brian stout
Chandell Miller
Edwin Goutier
Florence King
Giselle Pelaez
Herman phillips
Jeff Brower
Jim hogan
Josh turner
Julian Decosimo II
K Nación
Laura Itle
Lauren Fisher
Lauren Riley
Margaret townsend
Senior Management Group
Michelle howard
Meg tinklepaugh
Régis DeVeaux
Stella hanly
Sumita allen
Taryn anthony
Darsie Willow
Yasmeen Neal

Last year, for the nine months, the class came together virtually. “It was a challenge,” describes Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Joe Haggerty. “Part of that experience is that when the 25 people get together each month, they start to become friends. “

This year, the House has seen those friendships blossom in three of the nine meetings to date. “It went really well this year,” says Haggerty. “The point of this is for them to know more about their community and become better leaders, know their strengths and weaknesses. As a group, we want them to meet people from other organizations so that they can see and learn from their friends and colleagues.

In September, leaders gathered at George Washington’s Mount Vernon for interactive decision-making modules during the opening retreat.

October covered Legislation and Enrichment, where leaders met with city and state officials to learn how a bill is drafted and goes from committee to general assembly for approval.

In November, the class heard Stephanie Landrum, President and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP), talk about important economic developments in the region, such as the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus and the new Alexandria Hospital.

The Chamber will also host two joint meetings this year with other leadership classes from Arlington and Fairfax County, to discuss diversity, inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Haggerty concludes: “We wanted to be back [in person] because we thought it was important. It’s a good thing to meet other people in the community who want to be leaders. For more information on the Leadership Center for Excellence and how to apply, visit

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