New Chamber Director Abruptly Leaves

(From Press Release) – Due to a rare professional opportunity, the Davis Chamber of Commerce has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Jen Schroer, effective Jan. 1. Schroer is leaving her position with the Davis Chamber for an appointment to the cabinet of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Her appointment begins Jan. 2.

“Jen has made a positive impact for the Davis Chamber in her short tenure,” said Carolyn Stiver, 2019 chairwoman of the chamber’s board of directors. “Taking on a statewide role serving the people of New Mexico is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity and we wish her well in her new position.”

Starting Jan. 2, Michael Faust, President of MEF Consulting and member of the DCOC Board, will serve as interim executive director while the board conducts an expedited search for a new executive director. Faust, along with the DCOC staff, will maintain normal business operations for the Davis Chamber, including planning for the Installation Gala on Feb. 2.

“We have every confidence in Michael, Holly and Bobbi to keep the Davis chamber moving with positive momentum created at our board retreat last fall,” said Rob White, outgoing chairman of the board of directors. “We look forward to finding a new Executive Director in short order and celebrating the closing of a great 2018 and the start of a promising 2019 at the upcoming Installation Gala.”

The job announcement for the position of DCOC Executive Director will be posted on Indeed and the DCOC website. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 4 through 18.


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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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9 thoughts on “New Chamber Director Abruptly Leaves”

    1. Richard McCann

      The Chamber director position has been a stepping stone to another position for a while. It usually attracts ambitious folks, but it probably doesn’t pay commensurate with their perceived value. The Chamber has managed to continue through those turnovers.

      1. Craig Ross

        It has continued.  The question to ask is how well they have continued.  I don’t know how you would measure that, but it doesn’t seem to me that the chamber is very influential at this point.

  1. Jim Frame

    Five directors in five years or something like that

    That’s not an uncommon NPO problem, given that most such organizations have pretty small budgets.  The most recent departure is especially easy to understand, given that a cabinet-level position in NM probably pays well north of $100k.  There aren’t many small NPOs that can shoulder that kind of an ED salary.

  2. Alan Miller

    Schroer is leaving her position with the Davis Chamber for an appointment to the cabinet of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Her appointment begins Jan. 2.

    What I’d like to understand is why someone would leave a stable job in California to take a cabinet position in New Mexico for a Governor that left office two days ago.   Seems like a bad career move.

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