Cathy Chambers is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for the JAXUSA Partnership. Recently named as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, Cathy has more than 20 years of experience working for Chambers of Commerce, regional economic development organizations and city government. In her role with JAXUSA, Cathy recruits high-wage jobs and private capital investment to Northeast Florida.
Focused on growing the financial services industry, Cathy has helped recruit more than 13,000 jobs to Jacksonville, including projects with Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Fidelity National Financial, Macquarie Group, EY, Fidelity Investments and Adecco. Cathy also oversees the Partnership’s strategic planning, marketing and research initiatives and coordinates partner activities for the seven-county Northeast Florida region.
Earlier this year, Cathy was named the Florida Economic Development Professional of the Year by the Florida Economic Development Council. She was also selected as a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2017.
Cathy serves on several state and local Boards, including her role as immediate past chair of the Florida Economic Development Council. She also serves on the Clay County Development Authority, Jacksonville University Davis College of Business Executive Advisory Board, Visit Jacksonville Board and is an Advisory Council member for the North Florida chapter of the Urban Land Institute.
Cathy holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Miami University (OH) and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Xavier University. She is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council and is an active member of CoreNet Global and the International Economic Development Council.