The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse business and employer association in the region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization representing 2,200 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 700,000.
The Chamber is governed by a board of trustees comprised of executives from member companies.
Alaska Air Group
2017-18 Incoming Chair
VP of Business Operations
& General Counsel
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce
Approximately 2,200 companies are members of the Chamber. Of these, nearly 80 percent are small businesses with less than 100 employees. One-third are micro-enterprises with 10 employees or less.
Geographically, the Seattle Metro Chamber's reach extends throughout the four-county region. Membership is open to any organization with an interest in doing business in the Seattle metropolitan area.
We seek an economically vibrant and globally competitive Seattle region where businesses can flourish and everyone has the opportunity to succeed and to access a thriving quality of life.
The Chamber engages the innovation and entrepreneurship of its members to advance economic prosperity, advocate for a vital business environment, and build sustainable and healthy communities in the Seattle region.
What We Believe
At the Chamber, we believe that the business community thrives when the whole community is healthy, and the community thrives when employers are successful. A healthy community is one in which the economy is prospering, no one is left behind and our environment and quality of life are thriving.
Our region must focus on being globally competitive if we are to ensure that this is the best possible place for companies and their employees. In addition to providing jobs and opportunity, our region's businesses are problem-solvers, using their world-class innovation and creativity to address some of our community’s biggest challenges so that our region can stay affordable, accessible, safe and welcoming for all.
How we achieve it:
- We advocate for policies that benefit the business environment at the local, state and federal levels.
- We convene and build coalitions around issues the business community cares about.
- We provide a one-stop shop for all the tools businesses need to grow.
- We produce exceptional programs that provide networking, professional development, and policy education for the business community.
- We champion projects, initiatives and people that make our region a great place to live, work and raise a family.
2015-2016 Key Achievements
Accomplishments from our 2015-2016 program year are below. For a historical look and facts you might not know about the Chamber, see our
Getting It Right
- Successfully advocated for the Move Seattle measure to improve safety, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options.
- Partnered with a broad coalition to advance the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda recommendations—including Seattle’s housing levy renewal—so that more people of all income levels can afford to live in our city.
- Served as a leading business voice for Sound Transit’s successful ST3 measure, which will dramatically expand light rail in our region.
- Invested significant effort on increasing affordability, access and alignment in our public education system through efforts such as the Washington Student Achievement Council and the Mayor of Seattle’s Education Summit Advisory Committee.
Leading the Way
- Highlighted how our region’s businesses innovate to reduce the impacts of climate change in our new report, Bright Green in an Emerald City.
- Increased the relevance of the business community in local elections through our political affiliate, CASE, resulting in six of the eight CASE-endorsed candidates winning their races.
- Learned best practices, built global relationships and benchmarked Seattle on our successful international and domestic visits to Hong Kong/Shenzhen and Miami.
- Deepened our partnerships with community organizations and neighborhood chambers and hired a dedicated outreach manager, resulting in a higher percentage of partner participation at Chamber events.
- Grew 100% Talent, our proactive, employer-led gender equity initiative, now supported by employers representing one out of every ten employees in King County.
- Convened the Tomorrow @ Sea-Tac Coalition with the business, labor and environmental communities to keep Sea-Tac Airport a world-class facility and prepare it for tremendous growth.
- Connected, inspired and educated Seattle-area women at all levels of their careers at our Women In Business Leadership Initiative programs throughout the year.
- Delivered high-quality programming to over 6,000 attendees, linking our members to future customers, industry peers, and our region’s decision-makers.
- Restructured our Young Professionals Network into a mission-based professional development and networking series that strengthens and connects the next generation of Seattle leaders.
- Launched the Seattle Region Partnership for Inclusive Growth, which brings business, government and philanthropy together to better connect local residents to our region’s pathway jobs.
- Broadened our reach in our community through our 335 new members and reciprocal partnerships with 26 neighborhood chambers, ethnic chambers, and business organizations.
- Brought thousands of people to our members’ venues around the Seattle metro area.
- Offered our members opportunities to engage with their public officials at over 40 events throughout the year, including our newly-launched series of in-district Seattle City Councilmember roundtables.
Local and National
If you have a press inquiry, please contact:
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: (206) 389-7262
International Press Contact
The Chamber is affiliated with the International Press Center (IPC) Seattle. IPC Seattle assists visiting foreign journalists in setting up interviews, making contacts throughout the region and conducting research assistance.For more information, please contact:
Email: Samantha Paxton
Phone: (206) 389-7319
Chamber staff includes subject matter experts in many areas, from small business and professional development to policy and political issues. Meet our team.