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The San Jose Chamber of Commerce is a business organization that represents the interests of businesses in San Jose, California. It was founded in 1886 and is one of the oldest and most respected chambers of commerce in the United States. The Chamber is a membership-based organization and its membership includes a wide range of businesses from small startups to large corporations.
The mission of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce is to promote and support the economic vitality of San Jose and its surrounding communities. The Chamber works to create a business-friendly environment by advocating for policies that support businesses, providing networking opportunities for its members, and offering business development resources and support.
The Chamber's advocacy efforts focus on issues that are important to its members, such as workforce development, transportation infrastructure, and taxes and regulations. It also offers a range of programs and services to help businesses grow and thrive, including educational programs, business networking events, and access to business development resources.
The San Jose Chamber of Commerce is led by a Board of Directors and is staffed by a team of professionals who are dedicated to serving the needs of its members. The Chamber is committed to supporting the economic growth and prosperity of San Jose and its surrounding communities, and it plays an important role in shaping the future of the region's economy.
Chamber Diversity & Inclusion Statement
We Are Determined To Foster An Environment Of Inclusion, Diversity, Openness, And Respect For The Many Differences That Will Enrich The Business Community, Including Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Gender, Age, Socioeconomic Status, National Origin, Language, Sexual Orientation, and Disability.
We Encourage And Welcome Respectful Dialogue And Exploration Of Diverse Ideas, Topics, Perspectives, And Issues Using An Intersectional Lens To Enrich Our Community And Actively Apply That Understanding And Knowledge Into Everything The Chamber Does. We Will Lead In Preparing Our Business Community To Foster Respect, Understanding, Awareness, Pluralism, And Cooperation In An Increasingly Complex, Diverse, Global Society.
Our Communications And All Chamber Activities Shall Be Mindful Of And Sensitive To All Our Communities, Encouraging Harmony, Cooperation, And Unity In Silicon Valley.
Meet the Team
The San Jose Chamber’s 134 year history now includes it's 11th Chief Executive Officer, Derrick Seaver. Previously, Mr. Seaver served as Chief of Staff to Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, as Director of Policy & Operations for the San Jose Downtown Association, and as Executive Vice President to the former San Jose-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 78th District from 2001 to 2006.
Community service is a core priority for Mr. Seaver. He served on the San Jose Public Library Foundation board for three years—two as its Vice Chair—as well as on the boards for both City Lights Theater and Work2Future. When he’s not working in the community, Mr. Seaver enjoys watching local baseball games and spending time exploring California’s open spaces.
Tanya is passionate about serving and advocating for the Business Community. She believes in developing strong relationships and has served on the Folsom Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee and City of Folsom Parks & Rec Commissioner. Tanya is a graduate of the Folsom Chamber Leadership Class, she was also named Ambassador of the year in 2019.
Originally from San Francisco, Tanya is a College of San Mateo and UC Davis Alumni. She and her husband own a small business and enjoy volunteering in the community. Tanya loves spending time with her Husband, Daughter (student at Cal Poly, SLO) and Son (student at CSU Sacramento).
Meet Liz Rivas, the seasoned accountant with an unwavering dedication to the San Jose Chamber. With over two decades with us, Liz has been an invaluable asset to the organization. As the senior accountant, she ensures the Chamber's financial operations are impeccably managed. Liz's expertise and attention to detail have contributed to the Chamber's success in promoting local businesses and fostering economic growth. With her unwavering commitment, Liz continues to be an integral part of the Chamber's mission.