BROWNSVILLE, RGV – Replacing Maria C. Hall, who announced her resignation in March, Melinda Rodriguez has been name president and CEO of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.

Today is Rodriguez’s first day with the Chamber.

“I’m looking forward to working with members, to advocate on their behalf, and to collaborate with community and business leaders to increase business development in our great city,” Rodriguez said. “Aside from advocacy and business development, the Chamber is also focused on engaging members. We want to provide support, valuable resources, and opportunities for growth to our members. The Chamber’s role is to support our vibrant business community.”

A native of Brownsville, Rodriguez joins the Chamber from Texas Southmost College, where she served as the director of marketing and community celations. Rodriguez has a 27-year career in nonprofit management and fundraising and has held various leadership positions, including executive director of Catholic Charities in Austin. Rodriguez returned to Brownsville in 2012 after living in Austin nearly 20 years. She said she came back to spend more “quality time” with her family. She holds a master’s degree in Human Services from St. Edward’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Texas Pan American.

Humphrey G. Thomas, chairman of Brownsville Chamber of Commerce’s board of director, said Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience in leading organizations through change. “The search committee recognizes the diversity of challenges the new President/CEO of the Chamber must be equipped to address. Melinda has numerous career successes in expanding programs and services, as well as strengthening an organization’s financial position.”

Thomas added that as president and CEO, Rodriguezz will oversee the Chamber’s operations as well as work with staff to ensure Chamber programs and services are focused on fulfilling the Chamber’s mission which is focused on advocacy, leadership, and growth.

“I want to express my gratitude to Monica Garza, search committee chair, for leading the national search which resulted in 48 candidates,” Thomas said. “Melinda’s leadership experience, enthusiasm, innovative ideas, and strong understanding of the business community made her the best qualified candidate for the Chamber. We look forward to her start and for the future of the Chamber under her leadership.”

The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce was started in the early 1900s and incorporated in 1937. It is a member-driven business organization whose principal mission is to advance the business interests of its members through advocacy, leadership, and business-building initiatives. Under the leadership of first Angela Burton and then Maria Hall the Brownsville Chamber has been recognized as a leader in the Rio Grande Valley for building closer ties with chambers of commerce in Tamaulipas, particularly the chamber in Matamoros.