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Andrea Woodard Earns Designation and Position as Chamber Industry Leader

August 8, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Aug. 8, 2023) – Andrea Woodard, Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, has achieved a pair of accomplishments as a leader in the chamber of commerce industry. Woodard has earned her designation as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) from ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and has been elected to serve on the ACCE Board as Chair of the Government Relations Division. 

The CCE designation is the highest and most elite professional designation in the chamber profession. The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant's knowledge of core chamber management areas — management, planning and development, membership, communications and revenue and operations. Chamber professionals who are designated CCEs earned this prestigious recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field and leadership of their chamber to achieve the chamber’s goals. Woodard is one of only 10 chamber professionals to earn the Certified Chamber Executive designation in 2023. These leaders represent chambers of commerce in seven states, including Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. 

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 proud of Andrea’s accomplishments in earning the highest certification in the chamber industry and representing Greater Des Moines at a national level," said Tiffany Tauscheck, President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. "Serving on ACCE’s Board provides our region a seat at the table amongst chamber leaders from around the country."

"We are pleased to welcome Andrea to the ACCE Board of Directors," said Sheree Anne Kelly, president & CEO of ACCE. "At a time when the role of chambers of commerce has never been more critical, the future is limitless for ACCE and the chamber industry. Andrea’s expertise and leadership will be invaluable as we continue to optimize our opportunities and expand the pivotal role chambers play in shaping and strengthening our regions globally." 

"I am honored to join my peers from across the country in earning a CCE designation, and grateful for the opportunity to join the ACCE Board as Chair of the Government Relations Division," said Woodard. "I look forward to taking the ideas learned through these two experiences to serve The Partnership and the DSM community as well as ACCE."

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is the professional society supporting the women and men who lead local, regional, statewide and international chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations. Our membership includes more than 1,600 business/civic organizations worldwide. We provide our members with information resources, thought leadership, education programs, original research, benchmarking, retirement security, and access to a network of peers.