• Advocacy Committee

    Vision: On behalf of more than 660 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. 

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

    • Annually establishing WVCC’s Public Policy and Guiding Principles by:
      • Reviewing issues of importance to the business community and our Valley
      • Identifying and setting priorities,
      • Reviewing and gaining approval from WVCC’s Board of Directors
      • 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

    Committee Members Serving 

    • Jess Monette, Chair, Monette & Cawley, P.S.
    • Rachael Petro, Vice Chair, Petro Solutions
    • JoEllen Colson, Confluence Health 
    • Josh Jorgenson, Mission Ridge  
    • Greg Oakes, Cashmere Valley Bank
    • Melanie Wilhoite, Wenatchee Power Sports
    • Joe Holeman, JDSA Law
    • Robert Sandidge, RLS Productions LLC
    • Claudia DeRobles, Cashmere Valley Bank
    • Heidi Huddle, Allstate Insurance - Heidi Huddle Agency
    • Tim Carlson, Armada Corp.
    • Tod McLaughlin, Apple Valley Honda
    • Sarah Barkley, CMI Orchards
    • Andrew Gohl, Stemilt 
    • Brad Allen, SAGE Real Estate Services
    • Mike Poirer, CPW Insurance 

    Staff contact for the Advocacy Committee is Sasha Sleiman, sasha@wenatchee.org