Strengthening the Chamber Team

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their newest staff addition, Chad Maender, who will be taking over as Vice President of Membership.

Chad has spent the last 12 years of his professional career working in various leadership capacities for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Most recently, Chad served as the Executive Director of the Mid Valley Family YMCA in mid-San Fernando Valley—one of L.A.’s densest and under-resourced communities. During his four years, he grew fundraising by 88% and established key community relationships that included major hospitals and healthcare providers, major corporations, and both local and state-wide elected officials helping to establish the Y as a premier collaborator in the community.

Welcome, Chad Maender!

Prior to Chad’s YMCA work in the Valley, he served for eight years at the Westchester Family YMCA, running day-to-day operations and programs serving the youth, families, and seniors of the Westchester, Playa del Rey, and Playa Vista communities.

In his role at the LAX Coastal Chamber, Chad will be growing the Chamber’s list of Corporate Partners, currently occupied with such influential giants as Google, United Airlines, Boeing, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), as well as working to strengthen the LAX Coastal community.


Christina Davis with fellow Chamber executives at WACE Academy

The LAX Coastal Chamber is also excited to announce growth within their current staff. Christina Davis, President/CEO, is proud to begin the W.A.C.E. Academy, hosted by the Western Associate of Chamber Executives (WACE). This Academy is a three-day, three-year program on Chamber management essentials geared for today’s Chamber executives and professional staff. Since its beginning on 2003, it has become the leading training program entirely devoted to Chamber professionals in the west.


Congratulations, Kirby Israelson!

In addition, Chamber staffer Kirby Israelson was recently promoted from Creative Director to Vice President of Marketing & Communications. In her position, Kirby is responsible for both marketing and managing the Chamber’s brand, and also works one-on-one with Chamber members to market their businesses and services to the greater community. She is also the manager of this innovative program, LAX Coworking, which was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as the top 11th coworking space in LA County.

While the Chamber’s number one priority is to maintain a healthy and thriving local economy—achieved through being an advocate and resource for the businesses within their region—what sets them apart is their unique commitment to service. Each member of the LAX Coastal Chamber staff is ready and enthusiastic to meet your needs. Though they serve in different roles, each individual spends each day working toward the betterment of the LAX Coastal neighborhood through supporting the success of their 532 current Chamber members.

At the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, they are building the relationships that strengthen the community. What relationship are you looking to build?

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