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President of Niagara USA Chamber to step down

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Mon, Apr 24th 2017 03:15 pm
Deanna Alterio Brennen
Deanna Alterio Brennen

Courtesy of the Niagara USA Chamber

Deanna Alterio Brennen will step down from her position as president and CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber on May 12. After leading Niagara County's premier advocacy organization for the past 10 years, Brennen's new role will be the vice president of social enterprise for the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier. 

Under Brennen's direction, the chamber has remained steadfast in its support of equalization for homestead/non-homestead tax issues, consolidation of the Niagara County Legislature, growing the Niagara Falls International Airport, upholding the property tax cap, and energy issues, while launching the chamber's first Canadian/American partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Niagara Falls, Canada. 

"The past 10 years has been a remarkable experience working with other community stakeholders, businesses of all shapes and sizes, in the public and private sector, who aim to improve the business climate throughout the Niagara Region. Times have been challenging, but there are many individuals vested in this community who have the desire to see our businesses and nonprofits grow and remain here in Western New York," Brennen said.

Rocco Surace, the chairman of the board of the Niagara USA Chamber, said, "I first want to thank Deanna for 10 significant years of service and dedication for the Niagara USA Chamber and it members. We will certainly miss Deanna and her leadership. We want to wish her well as she follows her passion to become an important part of the mission of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier."

Brennen said she sees this new role at the YWCA as an extension of her service to the community. She will continue her efforts on workforce and business development focused on the individuals served by the YWCA, and helping them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency.

The success of the first social enterprise initiative, known as the Catering Crew at Carolyn's House in Niagara Falls, has allowed the YWCA to expand into the Niagara Falls International Airport CafĂ©, and the concession at the Cornerstone Ice Arena in Lockport. 

"I look forward to finding creative ways to enhance the mission-driven programming that has already impacted so many," Brennen said. 

There is a search committee involved in a recruiting process for the next president and CEO. The anticipation is to accomplish the search within the next few weeks with the goal to have the new president and CEO in place as soon as possible.

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