Chamber Committees

Finance Committee

Staff Lead: Elizabeth McMurray, emcmurray@stpete.com

Chair: Shawn McClung

Mission:  As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, our mission is to “build the necessary financial and staffing models for organizational sustainability”.

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

Staff Lead: Ronnell Montgomery, rmontgomery@stpete.com

Mission:  The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce values diversity and equality as core fundamentals of a healthy and vibrant community. Utilizing the skills, ideas and perspectives of a diverse workforce will make St. Petersburg a dynamic live-work-play environment and an increasingly competitive location for top companies, skilled professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Ambassador Council

Staff Lead: Brittany Walsh, bwalsh@stpete.com

Volunteer Lead: Sarah Guest

Mission:  The Chamber’s Ambassadors are members who volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They help to ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. Ambassadors are at the core of the community’s business activities. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships, and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to assist with retention efforts, recruit new members, and assist with staffing events.

As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan and the need to elevate and advocate key issues for Grow Smarter Success, our mission is to promote and tell the St. Petersburg Chamber story.

Planning Committees

Chamber Shuffle Planning Committee

Staff Lead: Courtney Smith, csmith@stpete.com

Volunteer Lead: 

Mission: As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, our mission is to advise, assist and support the Chamber staff in providing a diversified selection of member benefits, specifically the offering of a shuffle tournament focused on building relationships to sustain our business community.

Good ‘Burger Planning Committee

Staff Lead:  Courtney Smith, csmith@stpete.com

Volunteer Lead: Sarah Guest, Allison Landers

Mission: As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, our mission is to advise, assist and support the Chamber staff in providing a diversified selection of member benefits, specifically the offering of an award show focused on bringing recognition and notoriety to businesses in the community.

Advocacy Committees

Public Policy Council

Staff Lead: Matt Lettelleir, mlettelleir@stpete.com

​Volunteer Lead: Martha Boden

Mission:  The Public Policy Council is focused on building and supporting the relationship between the business community and the public sector. This council reviews and recommends action on such issues as infrastructure, policy and business climate.  The purpose of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s advocacy efforts is to become the authoritative voice advocating for issues which affect the economic growth and community vitality of St. Petersburg and our members.

Sustainability Committee

Staff Lead: Matt Lettelleir, mlettelleir@stpete.com

​​Volunteer Lead: Janet Hall, Tom Lowery

Mission: The Sustainability Committee’s mission is to advise, educate, and promote, to Chamber members and our community, best methods and practices as they relate to prolonging natural environments, economic vitality, and healthy communities.

Transportation Committee

Staff Lead: Matt Lettelleir, mlettelleir@stpete.com

​​Volunteer Lead: Martha Boden, Jillian Bandes, Joe Farrell, Cal Webster

Mission:  As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan and the need to elevate and advocate key issues for Grow Smarter success, the Transportation Committee’s role is to focus on the redevelopment and “revitalization of key districts and corridors” in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Region, which will be the principal means to “enhance the community’s walkability and transit viability.”

​Pier Task Force

Staff Lead: Matt Lettelleir, mlettelleir@stpete.com

​​Volunteer Lead: Ross Preville, Amanda Taylor

Mission:  As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan and the need to elevate and advocate key issues for Grow Smarter success, the Downtown Waterfront’s role is to focus on the redevelopment and “revitalization of key districts”, such as the Port of St. Petersburg and Pier, and to ensure the St. Petersburg waterfront continues to be the “jewel” of the city.

Legislative Committee

Staff Lead: Matt Lettelleir, mlettelleir@stpete.com

​​Volunteer Lead: Barclay Harless, Alan Suskey

Mission:  As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, the St. Petersburg Chamber’s Legislative Committee engages our local, state and federal elected officials in our efforts, provides local support, and elevates key issues for Grow Smarter success. The legislative and policy priorities, with input from Chamber stakeholders, are developed by the Legislative Committee.  The Legislative Agenda, which is published annually, articulates the underlying principles that shape Chamber public policy statements and determine our legislative priorities.

St. Pete Chamber PAC

Staff Lead: Matt Lettelleir, mlettelleir@stpete.com

​​Volunteer Lead: Phil Clark, Amy St. Hart, Daryle Hamel

Mission: As a tool to successfully advocate on behalf of business and commerce, the St. Pete Chamber PAC was created to provide the business community an opportunity to meet one-on-one with local candidates and proactively support issues in our local elections.

Economic Development Committees

Rowdies Business Alliance

Staff Lead: Ariel Canchani, acanchani@stpete.com

​Volunteer Lead: Greg Holden, Tash Elwyn

Mission:  As per the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, our mission is to create more and better ways for our members to benefit from our destination. We aim to help recruit season ticket members.

Baseball Forever Committee

Volunteer Lead: Marcus Greene, Brian Auld

Mission:  In line with the Chamber’s 2017-2019 strategic plan to boost economic development by making St. Petersburg an attractive visitor destination and the Grow Smarter strategic focus on Culture & Community, the mission of the Baseball Forever Committee is to convince the Tampa Bay Rays that their current site, reimagined and redeveloped, remains the best location for Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay. However, they will also work closely with the Rays, county officials, the private sector, and other stakeholders should the team identify a future stadium site adjacent to or impacting St. Petersburg.