The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce added three new staff members to its team to support public policy and marketing communications efforts: Melissa Bonney Ratcliff as vice president of marketing and events, and Alisa Reinhardt and Laura Shingles as policy analysts.
A nationally recognized leader in marketing and strategic communications with more than 20 years of experience, Ratcliff joins the Chamber team after running her own strategic communications firm for nearly 11 years. Her prior experience includes serving as the director of communications for The Broad Foundation, press secretary for the Democratic National Committee and Vice President Al Gore’s deputy director of communications at the White House during the Clinton Administration.
Reinhardt and Shingles bring experience from both the local and state level. Prior to joining the Chamber, Reinhardt served as a policy assistant for the California Chamber of Commerce. She earned her Juris Doctor in May 2012 from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Shingles previously worked as a policy adviser for the city of San Diego under former Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, as well as in-house counsel at Cedar Crest EmergiCenter in Allentown, Penn. Shingles earned her Juris Doctor in January 2011 from California Western School of Law.
“We have built a tremendous team at the Chamber over the last year and we are now well equipped to take the organization to the next level,” said Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “As outlined in our strategic plan, the Chamber is committed to be a stronger, more contemporary membership organization that serves as the leading voice for business in the region.”
The Chamber’s 2014 goals include becoming a more proactive voice for business at the local, state and federal level, becoming more engaged on cross border trade and binational business issues, as well as more efficiently and effectively communicating with members, regional stakeholders and the community at-large.