Committees & Task Forces

Looking for a way to get more involved? The Boise Metro Chamber offers current members many opportunities to share their expertise and enthusiasm with the community. It's a great way to build relationships and get more out of your membership. Our current volunteer task forces and committees are listed below.

Ambassador Program

Ambassadors assist the Chamber in retaining its membership, strengthen and enhance member involvement, and help the Chamber meet its members’ needs.
Contact: Nick Souba, Ambassador Manager, 208.472.5237, [email protected]

Leadership Boise Alumni Association

The Leadership Boise Alumni Association is comprised of graduates from the Leadership Boise program and is responsible for planning and implementing social, charitable, networking, and educational opportunities for Leadership Boise Alumnus.
Contact: Carrie Westergard, Director, Community Relations, 208.472.5212, [email protected]

Education/Workforce Committee

The Education/Workforce Committee adopted the following mission statement:

"Southwest Idaho will be internationally recognized as the place where business, education and government work together to develop a skilled, diverse and responsive workforce that will enhance business profitability and build quality communities."

The committee's vision and strategy are supported by three main goals:

  1. Identify best practices by generating 2-way dialogue between the education and the business communities.
  2. Promote relevance in education by forming partnerships between businesses and the area educators.
  3. Advocate educational policies that will result in an efficient and effective transfer of skills from the classroom to the workplace.

Contact: Ray Stark, Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events, 208.472.5225, [email protected]

Small Business Advisory Council

The Council provides strategic direction and hands-on program management to the programs and services of the small businesses of the Boise Chamber.
Contact: Caroline Merritt, Director, Public Relations, 208.472.5221, [email protected]

Nonprofit Council

This council convenes nonprofit members to share best practices, network, and give input on Chamber programs and services geared to nonprofit members.
Contact: Caroline Merritt, Director, Public Relations, 208.472.5221, [email protected]

Transportation Committee

The Transportation Committee of the Chamber works to ensure that the Boise area has an efficient transportation system to facilitate our area’s economic development, by prioritizing projects needed to improve our area’s infrastructure.

The committee participates in the planning process of local, state and federal agencies, and has positive working relationships with officials of the Boise Airport, Valley Regional Transit, the Ada County Highway District and the Idaho Transportation Department.
Contact: Ray Stark, Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events, 208.472.5225, [email protected]

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee advocates to elected officials and government agencies to ensure the Chamber’s perspective on governmental issues is fully understood. Detailed research and analysis of issues is completed in the following ways:

  1. Analyzes state and federal issues including I.N.L., Mountain Home Air Force Base, and other significant issues.
  2. Analyzes local, state and federal tax issues to ensure a positive business climate.
  3. Analyzes general local, state and federal business issues that affect area organizations.
  4. Analyzes worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, health care and other human resource issues.

Contact: Ray Stark, Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events, 208.472.5225, [email protected]

Energy Task Force

The purpose of the Energy Task Force is to review and understand the region’s current and future power generation and transmission system in relation to reliability of service and the need for additional generation capacity for the economic health of the area. The committee will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Understand the current generation and delivery situation in Idaho and the region.
  2. Discuss the implications of the current situation on the business community.
  3. Propose and develop policy positions for the Chamber Board of Directors.

For energy saving tips and information, view the latest issue of Energy Insight. Visit the Energy Insight archives for past issues.
Contact: Ray Stark, Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events, 208.472.5225, [email protected]

Make Your Opinions Known

Business advocacy is a major part of what the Chamber does, and we value your opinions and input. If you have a business-related issue or concern, please contact Ray Stark, Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events, 208.472.5225, [email protected].