The Brooklyn Chamber'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.
Brooklyn Chamber Ambassadors are a key link between the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its members. Ambassadors work closely with the Chamber to increase membership involvement, recruitment and retention by volunteering for outreach programs and actively participating in Chamber events.
Chair: Daisy Dobbins, People's Alliance Federal Credit Union
Liaison: Chris Lenard
Explore Brooklyn Tourism and Hospitality Committee
Purpose: Explore Brooklyn has taken the lead on tourism efforts and initiatives in the borough in order to close the needs gap within the tourism industry. By joining the interests of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, its members, community partners and the consumer, we can ensure the growth and quality of tourism to and within Brooklyn. As the major thought leaders and stakeholders in the current Brooklyn tourism market, the Explore Brooklyn Tourism and Hospitality Committee plays an important role in making Brooklyn a preferred travel destination as well as a great place to live.
Mission: The mission of the Explore Brooklyn Tourism and Hospitality Committee is to build the brand of Brooklyn while marketing the area as a unique tourist destination on a global level in order to stimulate positive economic impact and enrich the tourism industry businesses in Brooklyn.
Liaison: Mariela Estrella
Government Affairs Committee
Our Government Affairs Committee works directly with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to advocate for improved economic conditions within the borough. This group also works to enhance the interaction between Brooklyn Chamber Members and public officials.
Co-Chair: Antonia Yuille-Williams, Con Edison
Co-Chair: Gil Cygler, Fleet Coverage Consultants, Inc.
Liaison: Melissa Chapman
Health Care Business Committee
The Health Care Business Committee strives to promote programs and interventions that help improve the health and wellness of Brooklyn residents through effective strategies, advocacy, education and support. The Committee is committed to maximizing representation of the Chamber’s health-related businesses and organizations. Its vision is that Brooklyn’s small business community and residents will have improved access to health care.
Co-Chairs: Lyn Hill, New York Methodist Hospital
Anthony Woods, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus
Industrial & Manufacturing Coalition
The Industrial & Manufacturing Coalition 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 Coalition meets bi-monthly, and the meetings are hosted in unique industrial spaces throughout the borough, with Brooklyn-made food and beverage served.
David Liatti, 61 Local
Przemek Adolf, Saucy by Nature/Fare Trade NYC
Bob Bland, Manufacture NY
Mark Jupiter, Mark Jupiter Custom Furnishings
Liaison: Varun Sanyal
This committee works to strengthen the innovation economy in Brooklyn through effective advocacy, peer-to-peer learning, and a commitment to growing local employment through mentorship and workforce development. The Committee will support businesses choosing to innovate in Brooklyn with the resourcing needed to be a contributing part of the local community while supporting a unified borough-wide community of entrepreneurs and innovators across a range of industries.
Co-Chair: Matthew Burnett, Maker's Row
Co-Chair: David Ehrenberg, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Co-Chair: Toby Moskovits, Heritage Equity Partners
Co-Chair: Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Liaison: Samara Karasyk
LGBT Business Committee
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 successful one and is committed to providing technical assistance, educational resources and business-to-business programming. The committee welcomes all LGBT business owners and operators throughout New York City to join.
Co-Chair: Charles Branstool, Exit 9
Co-Chair: Jamie Farnam, Brooklyn Pride
Liaison: Lizzie Cofrancesco
The Committee seeks to assist Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) become certified and connect them with government and private sector procurement opportunities. The Committee addresses the unique challenges of M/WBE Chamber members and advocates on their behalf in an effort to eliminate disparities in the procurement processes.
Co-Chair: Renee McClure, National Grid
Co-Chair: Juliet Lewis, Con Edison
Liaison: Veronica Harris
Real Estate and Development Committee
The Real Estate & Development (RED) Committee is a group of Chamber member volunteers from the real estate community 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.
Co-Chair: Ofer Cohen, TerraCRG
Co-Chair: David Lombino, Two Trees Management
Liaison: Lori Raphael
Veterans Business Council
The Veterans Business Council 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. We assist veterans in starting their own business, becoming a veteran certified business through the Veterans Administration and educate businesses on the incentives available to those who hire job seeking veterans.
Liaison: Avi Leshes
Workforce Development Committee
The Workforce Development Committee promotes employer education and improves dialogue between resources which support diversity in the workforce, while also supporting our 21st century workforce and beyond. We support member businesses by fostering the best workplace practices that encourage talent development and a transformation of systems that impact businesses by viewing workforce needs with a business focus.
Chair: Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken, Inc
Co-Chair: Angela Blum-Finlay, Dime Community Bank
Liaison: Tondalaya London
Young BK Professionals
Purpose: To support the growth of young professionals and foster the future leaders of Brooklyn. Through this initiative, young professionals are able to build meaningful relationships in a variety of industries, access a large network of resources, and create personal and professional opportunities.
Chair: Jonathan Judge, Codacity