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The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce named Kellie Hope vice president of the community and governmental affairs. She most recently worked as external affairs manager for Southern Light developing local government relations in communities Southern Light serves. She was responsible for legislative and regulatory issues impacting the fiber company in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“The good name and reputation of the Mobile Area Chamber stretches far and wide, and I am honored and excited to be chosen to be a part of this team,” Hope said. “The Chamber’s efforts in attracting new business, sustaining existing business and protecting their interests through policy and legislation is notable.”
Outside of her work at Southern Light, Hope has 10-plus years’ experience in the healthcare sector ranging from director of community services and communications for Tulane University Hospital; administrator and mental health coordinator for Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham; and owning the Louisiana Health and Wellness Group in Houma, La., providing a partial hospitalization program for mentally ill adults.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Kellie’s caliber and work experience coming into the role,” said Bill Sisson, president & CEO of the Mobile Area Chamber. “Her vision for building on the Chamber’s incredibly strong advocacy program and moving it forward are an exciting and important part of the Chamber’s evolution.”
She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master of social work degree, both from Tulane University. A graduate of Leadership Mobile in 2015, she is a member of the 2017 Leadership Alabama class, Junior League of Mobile and Mobile Museum of Art.
Hope replaces Ginny Russell, who is retiring Jan. 31, after 31 years working for the Chamber.
“Ginny leaves a wonderful legacy and road map for success. I look forward to continuing the great work at hand and moving forward with my colleagues and our members,” she added.
The Chamber’s Community and Governmental Affairs department oversees several committees including the Governmental Affairs Committee, Air Service Task Force, Build the Bridge Coalition, Energy Committee and Transportation Committee in addition to setting the Chamber’s annual Legislative Agenda, hosting Leaders Exchange, State of the City/County Luncheon and several other special events.