Leadership transition at San Jose Chamber of Commerce
Leah Toeniskoetter appointed president and ceo; Nicholas Adams elected chairman of the board
By: San Jose Chamber of Commerce
Leah Toeniskoetter has significant experience successfully launching new initiatives and organizations, shaping public policy, and fostering community impact, making her an exceptional choice to lead the Chamber into a new era. Most recently she was senior manager of social impact at Deloitte and founding director of SPUR San Jose. Her professional and civic engagement has focused on the intersection of nonprofit, business, and government organizations, aligning with the Chamber's commitment to advance economic growth through convening, collaborating, and championing the San Jose business community. "The Chamber of Commerce supports and speaks for a wide spectrum of businesses, from our favorite locally owned stores that are core to our neighborhoods to Fortune 500 enterprises that drive global change," says Ms. Toeniskoetter. "It is an honor to step into this leadership role in service of our diverse community and to advance the economic vitality of San Jose and beyond."
Nicholas Adams, current board vice chair, has been elected chairman of the board. Mr. Adams, president & ceo of public relations agency NINICO Communications, is a respected executive poised to provide strategic guidance and direction to the Chamber's board. A fourth generation San Josean, his dedication to the business community makes him an asset in shaping the future of the Chamber. He has done award-winning work for brands from Fortune 50 to local small businesses. "It's an honor to be elected chairman of the board to serve an organization that has had a successful impact on my business and our region," says Mr. Adams. "I look forward to working with our board and my friend of over 15 years – Leah – to usher in a new chapter for the Chamber, putting our members first."
The San Jose Chamber of Commerce expresses gratitude to outgoing board chair Dee Ann Harn for her outstanding contributions during her tenure and looks forward to a seamless transition under the leadership of Ms. Toeniskoetter and Mr. Adams.
About the San Jose Chamber of Commerce
Serving the San Jose metro region as the leading voice of business since 1886, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest and most respected chambers on the West Coast. A catalyst for business growth and development, the Chamber is a convener of leaders and influencers, a champion for a stronger economy, and focused on strengthening the quality of life in one of the most significant regions in the world. The Chamber is committed to building a board and membership that is value-based, diverse, and participatory. To learn more, visit www.SJchamber.com.
Diandra Weldon | NINICO Communications