The Salt Lake Chamber announced today that Ginger Chinn, former Managing Director at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, will lead the organization’s policy team as Vice President of Public Policy. In that capacity, Chinn will direct the Chamber’s efforts on policy analysis and development, including directing the Chamber’s committees that bring together Chamber members and community partners to establish strategies in key policy areas from economics and education to housing and environment.
“Ginger’s knowledge and experience will support the Salt Lake Chamber’s success in promoting policies that enhance economic opportunity and prosperity for individuals, families and the community,” said Derek Miller, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, in making the announcement. “Her love of Utah and enthusiasm for our business community are unsurpassed, as is her command of issues of relevance to our future, including transportation, manufacturing, rural development and entrepreneurship, among many others.”
Jacey Skinner, who has served as Vice President of Public Policy and General Counsel will continue to direct government outreach and advocacy as General Counsel for the Chamber. “With Ginger and Jacey, the Salt Lake Chamber will have the most formidable public policy and government affairs team of any state chamber in America,” said Miller.
“We are excited to work with Ginger on our policy committee initiatives,” said Amanda Covington and Jonathan Hafen, Public Policy co-chairs for the Chamber. “Her depth, knowledge and organizational leadership will continue to build upon the work and influence of our committees, as she works with our membership to develop and advocate comprehensive policy solutions to ensure Utah remains the nation’s best state for business.”
Ginger Chinn previously served as the managing director for business development for the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA). At UIPA, she coordinated with the executive team to research and identify new business initiatives. She worked to build strong relationships with prospective clients for new opportunities.
Prior to her role at UIPA, she served as the managing director for urban and rural business services for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. As managing director, Chinn directed a strategic growth plan for Utah’s industry cluster program and managed GOED’s rural programs. Additionally, Chinn oversaw GOED’s business services including Utah’s Business Resource Centers and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC).
Chinn was previously the vice president of external engagement and economic development at the Davis Technical College (DTC). In this role, she directed several areas including Custom Fit training and operations at the Davis and Morgan County Business Resource Centers.
Chinn serves on many organizational boards including the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, Utah Advanced Materials Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI), Davis Education Foundation and serves as the chair of the Lakeview Hospital Board. She served as honorary commander under Major General Stacey Hawkins at Hill Air Force Base.
Chinn graduated from Boise State University earning a degree in social sciences. She also earned a master’s degree from Colorado State University in organizational leadership.
“My work at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Utah Inland Port Authority provided me both challenges and opportunities to grow,” said Ginger Chinn at the time of announcement. “This new and exciting opportunity with the Chamber will allow me to deepen my service to the state by directly supporting the Chamber and business community in sustaining an environment of jobs, opportunity and growth. I could not be more excited to join President Derek Miller and his outstanding leadership team.”’