PHOENIX (October 10, 2016) – The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry today announced that Brandy Wells will be joining the Chamber staff as the organization’s new vice president of external affairs and business development.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Wells was the director of public affairs and education at TGen, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, where she directed TGen’s training programs, managed strategic relationships in the government, business, education, philanthropic, and science communities, and tailored complex content for diverse audiences. Before joining TGen, Brandy taught secondary-level science at public schools in Washington, DC and inner city Phoenix, giving her unique insight into public education within urban communities.
In her new post, Wells will focus on member relations and events to align the Chamber’s community presence, corporate and policy programs, and outreach and engagement initiatives with the interests and needs of new and existing Chamber members.
“Brandy joins the Chamber at a critical time for our organization,” Chamber President and CEO Glenn Hamer said. “As the issues facing the state’s business community grow in their importance and complexity, we are so fortunate that someone with Brandy’s talent and skills will help ensure we’re doing all we can to advance the public policy interests of Arizona’s job creators.”
Wells says she’s eager to get started.
“The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry has an outstanding reputation as the state’s leading public policy advocate for the business community,” Wells said. “I look forward to joining the Chamber team and helping spread the word across the state that we are making a positive difference each day for companies large and small that are driving Arizona’s prosperity.”
Wells chairs the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, a state commission that annually awards several million dollars of biomedical research funding to advance Arizona as a bioscience leader.
Wells holds a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is a fellow in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy in the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. A Florida native, she has resided in Arizona since 2009.