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Tallia Hart Named President, CEO San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Following an extensive national search, The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has selected Tallia Hart as its new president and CEO. Her term will begin March 3, following nearly eight years as President and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.

Under Hart’s leadership, the Irvine Chamber, the largest Chamber in Orange County, was transformed into one of the most influential and successful business associations in the county. Hart moved the Irvine Chamber into the forefront of Western Chambers in terms of profitability and engagement. She oversaw advocacy for the organization’s nearly 1000 member companies and established economic development and international programs for the City of Irvine.

“It’s been such an honor and a pleasure to lead the Irvine Chamber through so many changes and to work with such talented and dedicated people who place the success of the local business community as a top priority,” Hart said. “It was not an easy decision to leave the Irvine Chamber, but I’m confident that it is in good hands with a capable staff and a diverse Board of Directors and member businesses.”

Hart, 43, was selected to head the San Francisco Chamber for her inspiring leadership, in-depth non-profit management experience and passion to advocate for the business community. She is the first woman, minority and youngest, to lead the 167-year old organization.

“Tallia will be a tremendous asset to San Francisco’s business community,” said Mario Alioto, chair of SF Chamber Board of Directors. “Her strong background and fresh voice will inspire our members and be a formidable influence and resource in the City.”

“The San Francisco Chamber already has an impressive depth of programming and plays an important public policy role. Now we have an opportunity to think outside the box to further strengthen our relationships with business leaders to grow and diversify the organization,” said Hart. “I’m honored to lead the Chamber of Commerce in one of the most innovative cities in the world.”

The SF Chamber Board has charged Hart with charting a course that engages a broader swath of the business community, forging new strategic partnerships, and building revenue for greater investments in talent and programs to serve San Francisco businesses.

Prior to the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Hart was the president and CEO of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce in Marin County. While there, Hart's strong leadership and management earned her recognition by the North Bay Business Journal as one of the area's top 40 Under 40 business leaders. The Western Association of Chamber Executives honored Hart with the William Hammond Award, given annually for excellence in Chamber of Commerce management.

Hart will be relocating to the Bay Area with her husband Mark and their daughter Lola.

Category: Chamber News

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