Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Whitney Harmel, the organization’s director of strategic partnerships, has been promoted to vice president of membership and development.

“Whitney has been an invaluable asset to our team since she began working with us two years ago,” said Christine Ross, president and CEO of the Chamber. “She is a natural leader who brought years of business development and on-the-ground sales experience to the Chamber. Her strategic leadership and extensive statewide industry contacts have enabled us to connect and collaborate with dozens of new business leaders across the state.”

“I’m excited to continue to share the Maryland Chamber’s mission with both new and existing members,” Harmel said. “They are the pillar of Maryland’s business economy, and our continued partnerships with them will drive economic development and make our state the best place in the country to live and work.”

In her new position, Ms. Harmel will be taking on a larger leadership role for the Chamber and Chamber Foundation. She will advance and oversee development and fundraising efforts, manage the day-to-day activities of the membership department, and establish relationships with strategic partners, members and funders to better understand their unique needs, challenges and goals in an ever-changing 21st-century workforce. 

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