Rebecca Martin, CCE, IOM, is the President and CEO of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, promoting economic prosperity along the Seattle-Tacoma business corridor in Washington.
Martin is a certified Chamber professional with experience in economic development, tourism, small business, education, as well as membership organizations and public sector entities. She is one of only 4% of Chamber executives in the U.S. with the CCE designation from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and the only practicing CEO is the State of Washington with the CCE certification.
In addition to her CCE, Martin also holds the industry designation of IOM, having completed the program for Institutional Organizational Management offered by the United States Chamber of Commerce.
In July 2021, Martin was one of 22 Chamber leaders selected as a Fellow for the national Fellowship for Inclusive Economic Growth by ACCE. The year-long Fellowship, designed to support chambers as they refine their inclusive economic recovery goals, will help build recovery programs and processes which could be replicable nationwide. Leaders selected for the Fellowship represent urban and rural communities from 18 states.
Currently, she is serving her 2nd term as a CCE Commissioner for ACCE. Locally. She serves on the FUSION Advisory Board and was on the transition team for WA State Treasurer Michael Pellicciotti.
Within the Chamber of Commerce industry, Martin served as President and CEO of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber. Previously she was a Senior Vice President at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, President and the CEO of the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau in Michigan. Martin was Vice President of the Chamber Division of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, the lead economic development agency in Erie, Pennsylvania focused on business attraction, retention and expansion.
Prior to her work in the Chamber of Commerce industry, Martin served as Director of Marketing & Government Affairs for the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority.
A former State Commissioner, she was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women for two consecutive terms. Previously, she was appointed to Governor Rendell’s Transition Team for Travel and Tourism and served on the Northwest Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism Task Force under Governor Thomas Ridge.
Politically, she was elected to the City of Erie School Board and served two years as President following two years as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Martin was the first woman to hold the seat of School Board President in 20 years. During her tenure as President, the Erie School District received a $15 million, five-year grant from the GE Foundation’s College Bound Program. Also, the Pennsylvania School Board Association appointed Martin to the Federal Relations Network to represent her congressional district on legislative issues related to education.
Formerly, she served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Pennsylvania Center for Excellence in Education, The Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, Michigan Great Outdoors, and the Michigan Port Cities Initiative.
Active in a variety of professional associations, Martin was a Trustee of the Erie Rotary Club’s Scholarship Foundation Board, serving as the Foundation’s President for two years. She served on the advisory Board for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, and was on faculty for the online university in Chamber management offered by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
In Pennsylvania, she earned her MA from Gannon University and her BA, magna cum laude, from Mercyhurst University.
Susie is currently the administrative coordinator for the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. Her expertise in office administration is an essential piece of this organization's work. Susana is fluent in both English and Spanish and has vast experience in the lending and real estate field. She loves to see a well-organized business and office space. She's a proud mom of 3 beautiful children and enjoys their activities with them.
Favorite Movie: Fast and the Furious Series
Favorite Book: The Alchemist