September 8, 2022

Chamber’s Own Elected to Industry Board

Jason Benitez, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Capital Region Chamber has been elected to serve on the board of directors for ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an Alexandria, Va.-based association of over 9,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,600 chambers of commerce.  Benitez will serve as the Chair of ACCE’s DEI Division, for a 2-year appointment.

Members of ACCE’s board of directors represent more than 50 organizations, including many of the world’s largest and most influential regional chambers of commerce.

“We are pleased to welcome Jason Benitez to the ACCE Board of Directors,” said Sheree Anne Kelly, president & CEO of ACCE. “He joins the organization’s volunteer leadership at a time when the role of chambers of commerce has never been more critical. As our members’ communities and regions emerge from the pandemic and focus on economic recovery, Jason Benitez’s expertise and leadership will contribute to achieving meaningful change, continued economic recovery and more equitable prosperity.”

Jason Benitez joined the Capital Region Chamber in July of 2019. Benitez works to advance the strategic mission of the Chamber, relevant to the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In addition, he is responsible for assisting area businesses and organizations in engaging in and advancing their DEI journey. Benitez also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Northeastern, NY chapter of the Make a Wish foundation. He holds a Bachelors, Masters, and Certificate of Advanced Study, all from UAlbany.

The mission of ACCE is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. ACCE identifies and analyzes trends affecting communities, shares best practices, and develops benchmarking studies, in addition to providing other tools to help chamber leaders manage and improve operations at their organization to achieve the highest impact in their communities.