Federal Way Chamber CEO selected for Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives fellowship

Fellowship program designed to support chambers as they refine their inclusive economic recovery goals.

Federal Way Chamber CEO Rebecca Martin has been selected as a fellow for the national Fellowship for Inclusive Economic Growth by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

ACCE selected 22 chamber leaders for the fellowship, which is designed to support chambers as they refine their inclusive economic recovery goals.

Cohorts will help build recovery programs and processes which could be replicable nationwide. Leaders selected to participate in the fellowship represent urban and rural communities from 18 states.

“The disruption to the Chamber industry by the recent pandemic has given us the opportunity to rethink how we drive business growth,” Martin said. “This new day will require not only innovation but also thoughtful scrutiny of best practices for the way forward.”

Over the next year, fellows will engage in facilitated discussions on a variety of topics, learn about best practices, interact with national experts and build a strong peer-to-peer network to further develop and execute specific economic recovery objectives.

“The fellowship is an energizing opportunity to connect the Federal Way Chamber to new ideas and thought leaders,” Martin said. “I look forward to enriching our Chamber with knowledge and experience from colleagues who share a vision with me of strong communities built on economic growth.”

“We are excited to work with this impressive group of chamber leaders,” said ACCE President and CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “This fellowship will support their efforts to engage business leaders and community stakeholders to shape recovery efforts, build resilient local economies and create opportunities for everyone in the community to thrive.”

In addition to participating in the Inclusive Economic Growth Fellowship, Martin is one of only 4% of Chamber executives in the United States to earn the Certified Chamber Executive designation from ACCE.

She serves nationally on the CCE Commission and was appointed to a second term in March. She is the only practicing Chamber CEO with the CCE certification in the state of Washington.