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Pamplin Media Group – Seasoned Nonprofit Veteran Hired to Lead Tualatin Chamber

After a six-month search, Anneleah Jaxen was hired as CEO of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce.

The new CEO of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce is armed with extensive experience working in marketing and with non-profit organizations, many of which are related to medical specialties.

Anneleah Jaxen was hired on April 1 and officially started on April 13.

Susan Noack, chair of the chamber’s board of directors, praised Jaxen’s selection by the board, saying she brings to the chamber a rich career in nonprofit management, leadership, strategic planning and marketing. .

“She is passionate about uplifting everyone involved in our chamber and is the right person to enhance what we are currently doing to support the business community,” Noack said. “Under her leadership, we will continue to strengthen our programs and partnerships so that our businesses thrive. Anneleah is the very embodiment of TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More).”

Jaxen replaces Roy Gugliotta, who was fired after just eight months on the job after the chamber board ‘voted unanimously to move in a new direction for the benefit of our members and partners,’ according to a letter sent to members. of the chamber in September 2021 No further details on why Gugliotta was fired less than a year into his tenure have been released.

Following Gugliotta’s departure, Caitlyn Quwenikov, director of member services for the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, was named the chamber’s acting general manager.

Jaxen said she not only looks forward to ideas from businesses related to what the chamber can do, but is also seeking input from the Tualatin City Government, which has offices directly across from the office of the room and the reception center.

“I’m excited to see what’s possible. What does everyone want? What does Tualatin need?” she says.

Eighteen months from now, Jaxen said she wants other organizations to cite Tualatin Chamber programs as examples of what has worked in the region.

Jaxen said she was drawn to the chamber position after speaking with Jane Larsen, a longtime friend and graphic designer from Tualatin who is also a member of the chamber.

“She just called me and said, ‘It’s you. What they need is you.’ And I was like, ‘Really?'” Jaxen said.

Jaxen decided to apply, and the board voted unanimously to hire him.

“My last job was at 211 Info, which is a nonprofit resource and referral,” said Jaxen, a Lake Oswego resident who lives near the Bridgeport Village shopping complex. “211 Info is that wonderful phone service where you can call – just dial 211 – and you’ll get someone on the phone to walk you through anything you need, whether it’s food stamps, ‘shelter, housing, help with your heating bill, medical care.’

Jaxen also worked in healthcare marketing at Providence Home and Community Services.

“I became an expert in strategy – and in business strategy – in development and growth, and I learned a lot from Providence, because they were impeccable business people,” she said.

Jaxen also worked for Providence in its home oxygen and medical equipment department and also served as regional marketing manager for Life Care Centers of America. She also worked under the director of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

A member of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club and the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Jaxen was chosen by its board of directors in 2008 to rename the organization.

Then she recruited to start a relief nursery for a non-profit organization charged with helping to end child abuse and neglect through intervention, serving as executive director for six years. She has also worked for other non-profit organizations.

So far, Jaxen says, she’s having fun. She spends a lot of time communicating with start-ups and so-called “turnaround” companies, rebounding from economic or other stressors.

Jaxen is also the mother of three daughters: Savannah, a neonatal intensive care nurse; Valerie, a third-grade teacher, and Megan, who works for Nike.

“I love them,” she says.

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