Chamber Committees

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce'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.

Below are descriptions of the Chamber's active committees. To find out about Chamber membership, click here.

Ambassador Committee

Co-Chairs:
Deborah Rodriguez, Helen Keller Services for the Blind
Daisy Dobbins, People's Alliance Federal Credit Union

Staff:  Joseph Shaia

Serves as a key link between the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Members and works closely with the Chamber to increase membership involvement, recruitment and retention by volunteering for outreach programs and actively participating at Chamber events.

Government Affairs Committee

Chair:  Antonia Yuille-Williams, Con Edison
Vice-Chair:  Gil Cygler, All Car Rent A Car

Staff:  Melissa Chapman

Advocates on behalf of the Brooklyn business community about issues that will further the economic and business climate of the borough.  Also works to enhance the rapport between Brooklyn Chamber Members and public officials.

MWBE Committee

Co-Chairs:
Renee McClure, National Grid
Representative, Con Edison

Staff:  Veronica Harris

Acts as a conduit and repository of education, where building relationships are designed to bridge all communities in the borough of Brooklyn.  It is clarion call of the Chamber to rally the membership, act as an important tool for Minority and Women Business Enterprise owners, providing increased success in the acquisition of contracts and improved the longevity of a business operation afforded by shared experiences, leveraging trust in our membership.

Real Estate & Development Committee

Co-Chairs:
Ofer Cohen, TerraCRG
Caroline Pardo, Industry City

Staff:  Andrew Steininger

The Real Estate & Development (RED) Committee is a group of Chamber member volunteers from the real estate, development and finance communities 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.

Industrial & Manufacturing Coalition

Steering Committee:
David Liatti, 61 Local
Przemek Adolf, Saucy by Nature/Fare Trade NYC
Bob Bland, Manufacture NY
Mark Jupiter, Mark Jupiter Custom Furnishings

Staff:  Adriana Scotti

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 I&M Coalition meets bi-monthly, and the meetings are hosted in unique industrial spaces throughout the borough, with Brooklyn-made food and beverage served.

Veterans Business Council

Chair:  TBD

Staff:  Avi Leshes

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; including but not limited to, assisting veterans in starting their own business, becoming a veteran certified business through the Veterans Administration, and educating businesses on the incentives available to those who hire job seeking veterans.

LGBT Business Committee

Co-Chairs:
Erin Drinkwater, Executive Director of Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Farid Ali Lancheros, Owner of Bogota Latin Bistro

Staff: TBD

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 success one and is committed to provide business technical assistance, educational resources and business to business programming. The committee welcomes all LGBT business owners and operators throughout New York City to join. 

For assistance or more information please contact the Chamber at 718-875-1000.