Peoria Chamber of Commerce names Carlson as new CEO/president

Posted 5/25/22

Rhonda Carlson has been named the new Peoria Chamber of Commerce president/CEO.

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Peoria Chamber of Commerce names Carlson as new CEO/president


Rhonda Carlson has been named the new Peoria Chamber of Commerce president/CEO.

After undergoing a search process that was advertised regionally and locally Carlson was selected to lead the chamber, effective June 20.

She will fill the position of former CEO/president Scot Andrews.

Carlson has vast experience as a non-profit leader. She has worked for the Center for Health Affairs, a nonprofit hospital association based in Ohio with responsibilities ranging from operations to business development and account management. She previously served as executive director for Arizona Disabled Sports and event director for the 2022 Desert Challenge Games, an event that brings hundreds of adaptive athletes from around the world to compete.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University and received a master’s degree in public administration with a focus in nonprofit management from Cleveland State University. In her spare time, Carlson enjoys playing and watching sports, baking, attending concerts, and spending quality time with her family. She looks forward to serving the Peoria community in her new role as President and CEO of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce.

“Carlson is a nonprofit industry leader who understands the role of a membership organization and the vast opportunity that presents itself in the Peoria community," said David Tracy, chair of the Peoria chamber board of directors. “Having her as the next leader for the chamber helps to ensure that the chamber will fulfill its mission of advocating for business, encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit, displaying patriotism and promoting our diverse community. We are pleased to welcome Rhonda to the chamber.”

Carlson said she looks forward to enhancing the resources available to Peoria businesses and supporting their growth as the chamber’s next president & CEO.

"As a Peoria resident, I am excited to support my local community in this capacity and appreciate the opportunity to connect with the many great businesses that call Peoria and the surrounding community home,” she said.


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