The Maryland Chamber of Commerce today announced that its President and CEO, Christine A. Ross, will step down this summer after five years of service to the organization.
“We are grateful for Christine’s leadership, vision and tenacity over the past five years,” said Stephen Woerner, Chairman of the Chamber Board. “The Chamber, the business community, and all Marylanders will continue to benefit from her contributions as CEO for years to come. I wish Christine well on this next step in her career.”
According to a press release:
Under Christine’s leadership, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce experienced a renaissance, growing membership to over 5,500 organizations. Most notably, she relaunched the Chamber’s Foundation and established the Maryland Chamber Federation, a formal, collaborative partnership with local Chambers to strengthen advocacy efforts. The Chamber is better positioned because of the bridges built with the broader business, education and association communities. Her work will leave a lasting impact on Maryland’s business community.
Christine’s vision helped refocus the Chamber’s mission on educational initiatives and equity as a business imperative. Under the Foundation umbrella, the Teacher Externship program was launched and is now in its third year. This initiative helps bridge the gap between businesses and educators by pairing high school teachers with top Maryland businesses that provide hands-on experience in industries related to the subjects they teach. This July, 25 teachers will be placed at some of Maryland’s anchor businesses, including Amazon, BGE, Stanley Black & Decker, UnitedHealthcare and Whiting-Turner.
Christine plans to consult and take some time to enjoy the summer with her husband, three sons and new puppy. The Chamber Board will immediately launch a search for Christine’s successor.