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The Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) team works collaboratively as part of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to support prospective businesses, talent, and expansions to strengthen our business community. Our versatile, experienced team of experts offers a suite of services, including telling the story of our 11-county region, helping companies expand locally, connecting businesses to valuable resources, and providing research on the latest trends.
Top: Claire Greenwood, Executive Director, CEO Council for Growth, and Senior Vice President, Economic Competitiveness, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.
Executive Director, CEO Council for Growth, and Senior Vice President, Economic Competitiveness, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
As the executive director of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s regional CEO Council for Growth, Claire Greenwood leads the work of nearly 60 business, higher-education, and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the tri-state area. Additionally, in her role as vice president of Leadership Engagement, Claire is responsible for leading the work of the Chamber’s Action Teams, which are industry and subject-matter-specific initiatives designed to create deep engagement within Chamber member companies.
Vice President, Economic Competitiveness
As the Vice President, Economic Competitiveness, Sarah Steltz provides strategic direction and leadership in support of the Chamber’s mission to enhance the Greater Philadelphia region’s overall competitiveness by attracting and expanding companies, capital, and talent in key growth sectors. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2022, Sarah was the Deputy Commerce Director and Chief of Staff in the Department of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia. Sarah also served as University City District’s (UCD) Vice President of Workforce Solutions and Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), a nationally recognized workforce development organization. Sarah joined UCD after ten years at Drexel University, ultimately serving as the Director, Workforce & Economic Inclusion. She holds a B.A. from Susquehanna University and an M.S. from Drexel University. She lives in South Philadelphia with her family.
Senior Director, Economic Competitiveness
Erin Sammis has more than 15 years of progressive experience in the nonprofit sector with a focus on administration, fundraising, and marketing. Prior to joining the Chamber in November 2020, she worked at The Philadelphia Orchestra as Director of Individual Giving. She has held leadership positions with The Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia, and Pensacola Opera. Erin holds a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University in addition to her degrees in vocal performance from Furman University (Bachelors Degree) and Indiana University (Masters). Erin relocated to Philadelphia in 2015 and resides in the Bella Vista neighborhood in the heart of Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
Director, Business Attraction & Expansion
As the director of the Chamber’s Business Attraction & Expansion efforts, James Medaglio identifies, engages, and assists companies looking to locate or expand in the Greater Philadelphia region. James also markets the region at industry conferences and trade shows and forms strategic partnerships to drive business activity to the region.
Manager, Life Science & Healthcare Initiatives
As the Manager of Life Science and Health Care Initiatives, Bryan aims to support the growth of health and life science companies in the Greater Philadelphia region by fostering collaboration and innovation within the region to improve public health outcomes and engage in student and workforce development. Bryan brings with him 10+ years of academic scientific research experience specifically focused on cancer. He holds a B.S. in Cell Biology from University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Penn State College of Medicine. After his Ph.D., Bryan spent a year at Rutgers as a Postdoc to study cell and gene therapy (CGT) and learn about the CGT ecosystem through the National NSF I-Corps program. Additionally, Bryan is the Program Director of BioStrategy Partners where he manages programs that provide support and opportunities for Life Science companies in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Manager, Economic Competitiveness and Energy Initiatives
Hasna leads the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT). She executes a program of work designed to foster collaboration among energy industry leaders that are committed to delivering affordable energy solutions to the families and businesses in Greater Philadelphia while attracting growth and new development opportunities to the region.
As a research analyst for the Chamber’s Economic Competitiveness department, Christopher Hampton gathers, synthesizes, and analyzes economic data in order to identify underlying trends and patterns to support the Chamber’s mission to enhance the Greater Philadelphia region’s overall competitiveness. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2022, Chris was a teaching assistant at Washington University in St. Louis. Chris holds a MA in Economics from the University of Toledo.