Press Kit

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse business and employer association in the region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization representing 2,600 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 750,000.

Leadership

The Chamber is governed by a board of trustees comprised of executives from member companies.

  • Diana Birkett Rakow small

    Diana Birkett Rakow
    2019-20 Chair
    Vice President, External Relations
    Alaska Airlines

  • Susan Mullaney small

    Susan Mullaney
    2020-21 Incoming Chair
    President
    Kaiser Permanente Washington

Membership

Approximately 2,600 companies are members of the Chamber. Of these, nearly 80 percent are small businesses with less than 100 employees. One-third are micro-enterprises with 10 employees or less.

Geographically, the Seattle Metro Chamber's reach extends throughout the four-county region. Membership is open to any organization with an interest in doing business in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Our Vision

We seek an economically vibrant and globally competitive region where businesses of all sizes flourish and prosperity is shared.


Our Mission

The Chamber is a business advocacy organization that helps our members thrive in an equitable and inclusive regional economy.

What We Do

At the Chamber, we believe that the business community thrives when the whole community is healthy. And we believe our region is uniquely positioned to compete in the global marketplace because we embrace three key attributes: we create jobs, we are responsible stewards of the environment, and we ensure access and opportunity for all. 

We play many roles as a result. The Chamber is:

  1. a policy advocate and the only Chamber in the area that represents business at the city, regional, state and federal levels; 
  2. a convener and coalition-builder around issues we all care about, from transportation to education to the environment;
  3. a one-stop shop for all of the tools businesses need to grow, from high-quality networking to employee benefits;
  4. and a community partner and champion for projects, initiatives and people who make our region globally competitive as well as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

2018-2019 Key Achievements

Accomplishments from our 2018-2019 program year are below. For a historical look and facts you might not know about the Chamber, see our history section.

  • Grew membership to over 2,600 employers, highest in over a decade
  • Provided affordable healthcare to over 19,000 people through our Business Health Trust
  • Championed I-1000, the Washington State Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Act
  • Advanced candidates endorsed by CASE, our political action committee, to the general election in all seven Seattle City Council races
  • Named one of Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For

Local and National
Press Contact

The Seattle Metro Chamber is a leading business voice in our region. If you have a press inquiry, please contact:

Alicia Teel
SVP, Public Affairs and Communications
aliciat@seattlechamber.com
(206) 389-7262

Chamber Staff

Chamber staff includes subject matter experts in many areas, from small business and professional development to policy and political issues. Meet our team.