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Advocacy Committee


On behalf of more than 600 members of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Advocacy Committee advances issues of vital importance to the business community and our Valley. We are a proponent for wise investment and sustainable policies that foster economic growth, enhance our regions competitiveness in all markets, global and local alike, and upholds our Valley’s quality of life.



The Advocacy Committee (Committee) is appointed by the WVCC Board and is responsible for:

  • Annually establishing WVCC’s Public Policy and Guiding Principles by:
    o Reviewing issues of importance to the business community and our Valley
    o Identifying and setting priorities,
    o Reviewing and gaining approval from WVCC’s Board of Directors
    o Annually reviewing outcomes and incorporating key learnings in updated WVCC Public Policy and Guiding Principles
  • The WVCC Public Policy must uphold the organization’s mission and vision and reflect WVCC core values. It will serve as
    WVCC’s guide in establishing priorities and in communications with elected officials and influencers in the community.
  • Leading education efforts on issues and concerns that have an impact on the WVCC membership and the community
  • Serving as the host for the Coffee and Commerce events prior to the Washington Legislative Session and the Legislative
    Wrap-Up, subsequent the session. Both provide an opportunity for business leaders to communicate with legislators on key
    business and community issues.
  • Providing guidance to WVCC’s Community Lobbyists (if continued)

Staff contact for the Advocacy Committee is Teddy Garcia,

2024 Primary Voter's Guide

We are excited to announce the release of our 2024 Primary Voter's Guide, crafted specifically for our valued business community. This essential guide offers insights from candidates running for key positions, including newly redefined legislative districts impacting Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. Note that some races with extensive candidate pools will be featured in our General Election Guide later this year. As engaged business leaders, it’s crucial to stay informed and make your voice heard on the first Tuesday in August 2024. Dive into our guide to learn more!

These principles guide our policies and decisions when faced with issues within their topic:

2023 - 2024 Committee Members

Jay Rounds

Jay Smith

Chair, Express Employment

Brett McDonald

Dr. Brett McDonald

Vice Chair, Dragonfly Team & Leadership Development

Jeff Rounds

Jeff Rounds

Past Chair, Libke Insurance

Jess Monette

Jess Monnette

Monnette Law Firm

Rachel Petro
Robert Sandidge

Robert Sandidge

RLS Productions LLC

Tod McLaughlin

Tod McLaughlin

Apple Valley Honda

Nalini Paton

Nalini Paton

Arlberg Sports

Tim Carson

Tim Carson

Armada Corp

Cameron Marchmonte

Cameron Marchmonte

Swire Coca-cola

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Danielle Martin

Building NCW

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Mark Blakney

Stemilt Growers

Mayra Garcia

Mayra Garcia

Evergreen Luxury Events, Hispanic Business Council Liaison

Bruce Beckett

Bruce Beckett

Chamber Lobbyist


Steve Wilkinson

Chamber Liaison, WVCC Executive Director