The Board of Directors of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has hired Danna M. Geisler to be the organization’s next President, effective September 16, 2013. Ms. Geisler currently is employed by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce as a Program Manager, Business Councils for Chesterfield County and the City of Richmond.
Chairman Brennen Keene lauded the hiring of Ms. Geisler as “an exciting, new chapter for the Chesterfield Chamber. . . . Throughout our search process, Danna demonstrated that she has the drive, experience, enthusiasm and demeanor to be a terrific leader of our Chamber. We are very excited to have Danna as our President, and we look forward to moving forward under her leadership.”
“I have enjoyed working with the Chesterfield Chamber staff, and many of its members, for nearly four years” said Ms. Geisler about her prior interactions with the Chesterfield Chamber. “The Chesterfield Chamber has an incredibly strong foundation and I am looking forward to taking the organization to new heights.”
Incoming Chair Doug Horton, who led the Chesterfield Chamber’s development of its Strategic Plan, added: “We are very excited to have Danna join us as we begin to implement our recently adopted Strategic Plan. Her creativity, energy and enthusiasm coupled with a strategic focus were critical factors in our decision to hire her.” Ms. Geisler recognized one of the critical components of the Strategic Plan is the Chesterfield Chamber’s focus on regionalism. “We talk a lot about regionalism, and we ask our local governments to cross jurisdictional lines and collaborate. Because of my experience with the Greater Richmond Chamber working in multiple jurisdictions with a variety of stakeholders, I believe that I can help the Chesterfield Chamber develop high-impact partnerships to further the Strategic Plan’s goals regarding regionalism.”
Danna is the architect of Politics 101, the newest leadership program at the Greater Richmond Chamber that is designed to build a strong succession of elected leaders in the Richmond Region. She is currently serving as Chair of the Virginia Young Professionals Summit, which will be held in Norfolk the weekend of September 6-7.
Danna moved her life and career around the United States with the U.S. Army, serving as a proud Blue Star spouse in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She previously worked as deputy press secretary in the stateside offices of former United States Senators Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and Edward (Ted) E. Kaufman. She began her career as a general assignment reporter in Fairbanks, Alaska, for ABC Alaska News, the only statewide news broadcast.
She is currently enrolled in the Sorensen Institute’s Political Leaders Program Class of 2013. She earned a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications & Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.
Danna and her husband, Pete, live in Chesterfield.