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Metro Chamber announces selection of Pat Fong Kushida as new chief

Pat Fong Kushida

The Sacramento Metro Chamber is pleased to announce that Pat Fong Kushida has been named President & CEO of the 2,000-member organization that serves businesses in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

Fong Kushida comes to the Metro Chamber from the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce where she has served as President & CEO since 1993. She also serves as President & CEO of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, which she formed in 2006.

“Pat clearly has the vision, experience and energy to lead our chamber,” said Greg Eldridge, chairman of the Metro Chamber Board. “Her deep knowledge and commitment to our region as well as her entrepreneurial spirit will strongly move us forward.”

She was selected from a national field of more than 70 applicants. The nine-member Search Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended her for the Metro Chamber’s most prominent leadership role after interviewing a highly competitive pool of candidates. She is a respected regional leader, having received the American Leadership Forum Exemplary Leadership Award in 2009, the Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Women Leaders Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Sacramento Valley Chapter in 2004.

Fong Kushida will speak at the upcoming State of the Region Forum on Friday, Aug. 26, where she will be introduced to more than 300 Metro Chamber members, business and civic leaders. The forum will take a look at opportunity industries and examine strategies to rebuild the region’s economy.

“We have an aggressive agenda,” Eldridge said. “And Pat will hit the ground running.”

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