New Faces on Chamber Council Work to Exchange Information and Ideas

| By Sam McClure
We are proud to announce the appointment of two new Regional Chairs to leadership of the NGLCC Council of Chambers and Business Organizations (CCBO): Ceci Gratias, board member of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) and Lisa Howe, executive director of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NLGBTCC), who will serve as regional chairs for the Mountain Southwest and the Southeast regions, respectively.
The CCBO is a forum for the exchange of thoughts, knowledge, and ideas to promote and encourage open dialogue, coordination, and cooperation between local LGBT affiliate chambers and the NGLCC. By working together via the CCBO, represented organizations expand economic opportunities and the advancement of the LGBT business community.

“I’m honored to serve with this incredible group of chamber leaders and help to support, connect and engage all of the local chambers in the Mountain Southwest,” said Gratias. 
In the last few years, NGLCC has increased support and resources to the local affiliate chamber network, and both AGLCC and NLGBTCC have seen revitalized efforts in their local business communities. 
“This is a great opportunity for me to connect with all of the other local chamber leaders in the Southeast and to work closely with the NGLCC our colleagues from across the country as we all work to increase our impact on our local economies,” said Howe.
CCBO Regional Chairs are responsible for facilitating communication among NGLCC’s local affiliate chambers within their respective regions, providing guidance and assistance to prospective new chambers, and serving as a liaison between the NGLCC and the local chambers in their regions.
The CCBO Leadership team is: 
  • National Chair - Tony Vedda, President and CEO, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Pacific Region – Jill Nelson, Board Member, Portland Area Business Association
  • Mountain and Southwest Region - Ceci Gratias, Board Member, Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Midwest Region – Christina Pinson, President and CEO, Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Mid-Atlantic Region – Jenn T Grace, former Executive Director, Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities
  • Southeast Region – Lisa Howe, Executive Director, Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce
For more information on the CCBO or to learn how to start an affiliate chamber in your area, contact [email protected]