Glenn Hamer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an organization that over his decade-plus of leadership has become the state’s most powerful advocate for job creators. The Chamber has played a leading role on behalf of the business community on a host of policy issues that have enhanced the state’s competitive standing, ranging from taxation, to education, to health care, civil justice reform, business regulation, and much more.
In 2018, Mr. Hamer led the founding of Chamber Business News, a news-gathering outlet that provides original reporting on business and political news, insights and analysis throughout the state. Chamber Business News has over 47,000 subscribers (and growing) to its daily email news digest.
Mr. Hamer represents Arizona’s business community on the national stage, where he serves as the chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, sits on its Public Affairs Committee, and serves on the U.S. Chamber’s Board of Directors. In these positions Mr. Hamer elevates the Arizona business community’s voice on key national issues.
He also serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Mexico Commission, serves as the Chair of the Arizona Charter Schools Association, and is on the board of the Arizona Council of Economic Education. As a member of the National Association of Manufacturers’ advisory committee on the modernization of NAFTA, Mr. Hamer has established himself as one of Arizona and the nation’s most vocal advocates for international trade and for policies that strengthen Arizona’s standing globally.
Mr. Hamer’s leadership on international issues makes him a sought-after participant in international trade missions. He participated in Governor Ducey’s first international trip in his tenure as governor to Mexico City to reinforce the importance of the Arizona-Mexico trade alliance. Other international delegation destinations with governors, mayors, and the U.S. Chamber include Canada, China, Israel, and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Hamer has been selected to serve as a business community representative to a number of public policy commissions, including Governor Doug Ducey’s Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council, the Western Governors Association’s 30 GW Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee, and Governor Janet Napolitano’s Solar Energy Task Force.
Glenn’s previous career stops include serving as chief of staff to Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon; executive director of the Arizona Republican Party during a winning U.S. Senate race; and as a legislative assistant to Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, where he worked on a range of issues, including the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. Glenn also served as the executive director of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and as director of business development and government relations for First Solar.
Mr. Hamer is a graduate of Cornell University’s school of Industrial and Labor Relations and Arizona State University’s College of Law. He lives in Scottsdale with his wife and three daughters.