Oregon City Chamber of Commerce Board picks new leader
After months of searching for a new leader, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors this week announced hiring Victoria Alley Meinig as executive director of the organization.
Alley Meinig replaces the chamber's former executive, Michael Brand, who was fired on June 26.
Chamber Operations Manager Trieste Andrews said Alley Meinig brings Oregon City a proven track record of success in marketing, finance and the nonprofit sector.
"This will be instrumental in meeting the current goals and objectives of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce," Andrews said. "We are confident that Victoria will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset."
Alley Meinig's past professional experience includes serving as the chief operating officer from April 2015 to March 2019 for a large organization called Advocates for Life Skills and Opportunity (ALSO), a Portland-based nonprofit with an approximately $12 million annual budget committed to providing residential care, employment services and supported living to people with developmental challenges.
For five years previous to her job at ALSO, she served as executive director for an education foundation that raises funds and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually to programs benefitting students in the Gresham-Barlow School District. Local education foundations provide teachers and schools with materials, books and equipment the schools would not normally be able to afford.
"I have gained a reputation as a strategy driver who looks ahead to uncover opportunities and challenges to evolve companies to nimbly meet whatever the future holds," she said. "I use those indicators to develop fine-tuned tactics that lead to enhanced productivity, cost savings and achieving organizational goals/mission despite external chaos or change."
Over the years Alley Meinig has discovered a passion and drive for helping organizations.
"I have made gains by reducing costs via control points that keep expenses in check while still exerting flexibility in responding to unanticipated opportunities," she said.
Although he had hoped to remain the chamber's leader until a new executive director was in place to ensure a "smooth on-boarding/transition plan," Brand said that he respected the chamber board's decision to sever ties earlier. He said that it was never his intention to stay on as the chamber's leader long-term.
Describing himself as a "turn-around specialist," Brand agreed to step into the leadership position two years ago at a time when the chamber was struggling financially.
"The chamber had a lot of debt, back taxes were due, and it was in really rough shape," he said.
Brand was proud to announce that the chamber now is debt-free and has 320 members covering about 10,000 employees.
Since it had been actively recruiting candidates for the executive-director position for several months, the chamber board had hoped to announce a new leader soon after dismissing Brand in June. However, Chamber Board President Ben James explained why the process had taken longer than expected.
"The chamber has been working diligently to select a person who is uniquely suited to fulfill Oregon City's needs and interests at this time," James said.
The chamber's office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday at its headquarters on Beavercreek Road. For assistance, call 503-656-1619.
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