Chamber Committees

The Brooklyn Chamber's voluntary committees offer Members the opportunity to contribute directly to the work of the Chamber and to interact with fellow Chamber Members who share common interests. Committee participation is a great way for Members to network, share ideas and further the Chamber’s objectives for Brooklyn businesses and the borough through its promotion, support and advocacy initiatives.

Ambassador Committee

Brooklyn Chamber Ambassadors are a key link between the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its members. Ambassadors work closely with the Chamber to increase membership involvement, recruitment and retention by volunteering for outreach programs and actively participating in Chamber events.

Chair:  Daisy Dobbins, People's Alliance Federal Credit Union

Miriam Stiefel, Hudson Energy

Liaison: Lorraine Lowe    

Explore Brooklyn Tourism and Hospitality Committee

Purpose: Explore Brooklyn has taken the lead on tourism efforts and initiatives in the borough in order to close the needs gap within the tourism industry. By joining the interests of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, its members, community partners and the consumer, we can ensure the growth and quality of tourism to and within Brooklyn. As the major thought leaders and stakeholders in the current Brooklyn tourism market, the Explore Brooklyn Tourism and Hospitality Committee plays an important role in making Brooklyn a preferred travel destination as well as a great place to live.

Mission: The mission of the Explore Brooklyn Tourism and Hospitality Committee is to build the brand of Brooklyn while marketing the area as a unique tourist destination on a global level in order to stimulate positive economic impact and enrich the tourism industry businesses in Brooklyn.

          Liaison:    Kat Benedetto          

Government Affairs Committee

Our Government Affairs Committee works directly with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to advocate for improved economic conditions within the borough. This group also works to enhance the interaction between Brooklyn Chamber Members and public officials. 

Co-Chair:   Antonia Yuille-Williams, Con Edison

Co-Chair:  Gil Cygler, Fleet Coverage Consultants, Inc. 


Health Care Business Committee 

The Health Care Business Committee strives to promote programs and interventions that help improve the health and wellness of Brooklyn residents through effective strategies, advocacy, education and support.  The Committee is committed to maximizing representation of the Chamber’s health-related businesses and organizations. Its vision is that Brooklyn’s small business community and residents will have improved access to health care.

Chair: Anthony Woods, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

Liaison:     Nancy Clermont

Industrial & Manufacturing Coalition

The Industrial & Manufacturing Coalition promotes Brooklyn's industrial sector through advocacy, education, marketing and business support.  The Coalition consists of Chamber members involved in the industrial sector, working together to identify opportunities, challenges and issues in operating an industrial business in the borough.  The Coalition meets bi-monthly, and the meetings are hosted in unique industrial spaces throughout the borough, with Brooklyn-made food and beverage served.

Steering Committee:

David Liatti, 61 Local

Przemek Adolf, Saucy by Nature/Fare Trade NYC

Bob Bland, Manufacture NY

Mark Jupiter, Mark Jupiter Custom Furnishings

Liaison:  Kat Benedetto

LGBT Business Committee

The LGBT Business Committee helps to create awareness, unity and attention around advocacy issues for LGBT business owners and operators. The committee also understands a well-resourced business owner is a successful one and is committed to providing technical assistance, educational resources and business-to-business programming. The committee welcomes all LGBT business owners and operators throughout New York City to join. 

Co-Chair: Charles Branstool, Exit 9

Co-Chair: Jamie Farnam, Brooklyn Pride


M/WBE Committee

The Committee seeks to assist Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) become certified and connect them with government and private sector procurement opportunities. The Committee addresses the unique challenges of M/WBE Chamber members and advocates on their behalf in an effort to eliminate disparities in the procurement processes.

Co-Chair:  Renee McClure, National Grid

Co-Chair:  Juliet Lewis, Con Edison

Liaison:     Veronica Harris

Real Estate and Development Committee

The Real Estate & Development (RED) Committee is a group of Chamber member volunteers from the real estate community that actively works together to identify borough-wide opportunities for business attraction and retention. Additionally, the Chamber's RED Committee organizes a series of events throughout the year to support and promote real estate and development initiatives across the borough.

Co-Chair:  Ofer Cohen, TerraCRG

          Co-Chair:  David Lombino, Two Trees Management

Liaison:  Lori Raphael

 Veterans Business Council

The Veterans Business Council advocates on behalf of veterans, veteran-owned businesses and not-for-profits that further the veteran reintegration process.  This council also works to enhance the rapport between veteran groups to build a common advocacy agenda for helping veterans and their families find financial success. We assist veterans in starting their own business, becoming a veteran certified business through the Veterans Administration and educate businesses on the incentives available to those who hire job-seeking veterans.

         Liaison:  Avi Leshes

Workforce Development Committee

The Workforce Development Committee promotes employer education and improves dialogue between resources which support diversity in the workforce, while also supporting our 21st-century workforce and beyond. We support member businesses by fostering the best workplace practices that encourage talent development and a transformation of systems that impact businesses by viewing workforce needs with a business focus.

Chair:  Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken, Inc

Co-Chair: Angela Blum-Finlay, Dime Community Bank

Liaison:   Tondalaya London

Young BK Professionals

Purpose: To support the growth of young professionals and foster the future leaders of Brooklyn. Through this initiative, young professionals are able to build meaningful relationships in a variety of industries, access a large network of resources, and create personal and professional opportunities.

Chair:  Jonathan Judge, Codacity 

Liaisons:  Chloe Silversmith