Policy Committees and Council

Our Policy Committees and Councils drive the policy priorities and strategic direction of the Georgia Chamber.

Policy Committees

The Georgia Chamber Foundation focuses heavily on policy. There are six board-level policy committees comprising top business leaders from across the state who identify solutions to challenges facing Georgia. Committee goals include the development of proactive policy solutions, conducting long-term research, and providing regular federal and state policy advisories.

Business Climate

The Georgia Chamber’s Business Climate Committee examines policies related to strengthening and expanding Georgia’s business-friendly climate and competitive advantages. Broadly, the committee considers topics related to tax structure, pro-growth policies, and regulations such as maintaining right-to-work laws.
Chair: Burt Fealing, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Southwire
Vice Chair: David Childs, Director- Compliance Solutions, ADP

Energy & Sustainability

The committee analyzes and advocates on federal and state energy, conservation, water, and natural resource management issues. The committee actively responds to federal and state rulemaking proposals. The committee also works with members of the conservation community to promote endangered species and related policies, including the recent Constitutional Amendment 1, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act.
Chair: Bryan Batson, Executive Vice President External Affairs & Chief External
and Public Affairs Officer, Southern Company Gas
Vice Chair: Aaron Mitchell, Vice President- Environmental Affairs, Georgia Power Company

Health & Wellness

Healthcare is not only a concern for businesses, but it is increasingly an economic development issue for communities. The Health and Wellness Committee has continued to build on the work of the Georgia Chamber’s Healthcare Access Study examining ways to expand access to quality healthcare and improve the way care is delivered to create better health outcomes.
Chair: Pace Halter, President & COO, W.C. Bradley Real Estate
Vice Chair: Venkat Krishnan, Managing Director, Advisory Services, KPMG, LLP

Innovation & Technology

The capacity to innovate is quickly becoming the most important determinant of economic growth. The Innovation and Technology Committee focuses on emerging trends that impact businesses and communities and how to evolve to capitalize on these innovations and advancements.
Chair: Deron Hicks, Vice President- Government Relations, Global Payments
Vice Chair: Terreta Rogers, Head of Community Affairs, Atlanta Region, Amazon.com, Inc.

Law & Judiciary

Originally concentrated on tort reform and judicial nominations, the Law and Judiciary Committee has expanded its focus and efforts to include its amicus brief program, engaging in judicial races, and promoting fair legal policy in Georgia. 
Chair: Tracy Baker, Associate Vice President & General Counsel, Litigation, Wellstar Health System
Vice Chair: Burleigh Singleton, Managing Partner, Atlanta Office, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Talent & Leadership

The Talent and Leadership Committee focuses on policies and initiatives that address talent and workforce challenges that are being seen across the state as the economy evolves and explores innovative ways to address those issues.
Chair: Sharon Goodwine, Chief Human Resources Officer, Synovus
Vice Chair: Patrick Rickard, AVP Human Resources, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Policy Councils

The Georgia Chamber’s Policy Councils are led by a board-level chairperson and provide guidance in areas such as organizational strategy, resource development, promotion, and engagement. Councils work to address annual goals and collectively work toward executing the Chamber’s long-term strategic plan.

Diversity & Inclusion Council

The Diversity and Inclusion Council is responsible for developing strategies to guide engagement and outreach initiatives that have a direct impact on diversifying investors, sponsors, event attendees, as well as local chamber outreach. This council is also designed to explore the diversity of race, sex, geographic location, age, and industry when developing long-term strategies.

Government Affairs Council

With a membership of nearly 500 government relations professionals from every industry in the state, the Georgia Chamber’s Government Affairs Council serves as the unified voice of the business community at the Capitol.

Operations and Financial Planning Council

The Operations and Financial Planning Council gives strategic direction on the Chamber’s major investor engagement strategies with a focus on ensuring the success of the Foundation, and financial reporting and operating policies that help ensure strong governance practices and efficient operations of the organization.

Rural Prosperity Council

The Georgia Chamber’s Rural Prosperity Council advocates for the unique needs of rural Georgia across a spectrum of economic development and quality-of-life issues including workforce development, access to healthcare, and agricultural-related policies.

Small Business Policy Council

The Small Business Policy Council focuses on policies, initiatives, and best practices that directly affect small business owners and stakeholders across the state and explores innovative ways to address the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs and small business owners face.

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