Carly Wakefield, a former policy adviser at the Arizona State Senate and director of state relations at Dorn Policy Group, has been named vice president of workforce development and government relations at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Wakefield’s new role is said to be aimed at furthering a development program to identify the hiring, training, and workforce needs of the Chandler business community and to align such needs with the chamber’s educational partners, employers and employees.
Terri Kimble, chamber president/CEO, praised adoption of the program and expressed optimism about what can be accomplished. “We are very excited about Wakefield joining our team,” said Kimble. “With her expertise and experience, we are confident in her ability to advocate for policies and develop programs that continue to build a supportive business ecosystem.”
Warde Nichols, chamber board chair and executive director of the Office of Government and Community Engagement at Arizona State University, was likewise enthusiastic. “This newly created position will further our mission of supporting the Chandler business community by advocating for government policy and providing workforce development programs,” Nichols said. Wakefield received her Masters of Science in Political Science with a focus in International Relations from the University of Nebraska Omaha.