Committees

The Brooklyn Chamber's voluntary committees offer Members the opportunity to contribute directly to the work of the Brooklyn Chamber and to interact with fellow Chamber Members who share common interests. Committee participation is a great way for Members to network, share ideas and further our objectives for Brooklyn businesses and the borough through its promotion, support and advocacy initiatives.

Ambassador Committee

Brooklyn Chamber Ambassadors are a key link between the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its members. Ambassadors work closely with the Chamber to increase membership involvement, recruitment and retention by volunteering for outreach programs and actively participating in Chamber events.

Co-Chair: Ken Marabel, Prudential Advisors

Co-Chair: Miriam Stiefel, Reflective Energy

Liaison: Michael Ryan

 

Government Affairs Committee

Our Government Affairs Committee advocates for improved economic conditions within the borough by advocating for various policies, issues, and legislation. This group also works to enhance the interaction between Brooklyn Chamber members and public officials.

Chair:  Gil Cygler, Fleet Coverage Consultants, Inc. 

Liaison: Vladimir Sterlin

Healthcare and Biotech Committee

Our Healthcare and Biotech Committee strives to promote programs and policies that improve the health and wellness of Brooklyn’s residents and workers. We advocate specifically for the Chamber’s health-related business and organizations and envision a borough where all of Brooklyn’s small businesses have access to high-quality, low cost healthcare.

Co-Chair: Brad Korn, Corporate Director, Community Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System

Co-Chair: Lenny Singletary, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Strategy & Marketing, The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Liaison: Kathie Lee

M/WBE Committee

The MWBE Committee is dedicated to the development and enhancement of minority and/or women owned enterprises focusing on strengthening economic capacity, offering procurement information along with establishing working relations with private and public business sectors to foster increased revenue, procurement and economic development for a healthy MWBE community in Brooklyn and beyond.

Co-Chair:  Renee McClure, National Grid

Co-Chair:  Juliet Lewis, Con Edison

Liaison:   Jenifer Stokes

Workforce Development Committee

The Workforce Development Committee promotes employer education and improves dialogue between resources which support diversity in the workforce, while supporting our 21st-century workforce and beyond. We support member businesses by fostering the best workplace practices that encourage talent development and a transformation of systems that impact businesses by viewing workforce needs with a business focus.

Chair:  Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken, Inc

Co-Chair: Iris V. Groen, The Jewish Board

Liaison: Kabreel McEachin

Energy Committee

The Energy Committee brings together industry professionals working in the field of energy and sustainability. This includes companies and organizations that support renewables such as offshore wind, solar, and battery storage to the utilities, clean tech companies and professionals working to meet NYC’s carbon-reduction goals. We advocate for policies that support this growing sector of the Brooklyn economy.

Co-Chair: Keith Kinch, Co-Founder of BlocPower 

Co-Chair: Carl Williams, Head, US Energy Storage Development, Equinor US Holdings

Liaison: Dina Rabiner