LANCASTER – The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has named Sandy Smith as the Chief Operating Officer/Turnaround Specialist.
Smith will be introduced during the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership luncheon on June 12, and she will assume her new position on July 2, 2013.
As the new Chief Operating Officer, Smith will guide the progress of the Lancaster Chamber’s five-year strategic plan, implement the development of the Chamber Champions program and enhance support for small business.
“Sandy Smith will be a tremendous asset to the Lancaster Chamber and we are confident she will hit the ground running,” said Ann Hill, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. “The selection committee is excited about Ms. Smith’s appointment and expects her to bring a strong vision to the Chamber to move it forward into the future.”
“I am honored and delighted about being selected as the new Chief Operating Officer for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. I have always loved this community and am excited to begin this new professional chapter in my life,” Smith said. “I have enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the non-profit section and take great pride in my ability to raise funds, recruit and retain staff and volunteers, manage operations, and successfully engage community partners in pursuit of common goals.”
“In addition, I am results-oriented and look forward to assuming a leadership position that will be both challenging and fulfilling,” Smith continued.
Smith comes to the Chamber as a proven leader with an impressive track record.
Smith was formerly the Regional Director, Community Operations for the American Cancer Society’s Border Sierra and Orange County regions, a position she held for 11 years. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of the Antelope Valley American Cancer Society office for four years.
Prior to the American Cancer Society, Smith worked for Los Angeles County High Desert Hospital as the Director of Volunteers and Patient Advocate. During her tenure, she planned, implemented and managed a large scale fundraiser that ultimately earned $750,000 in a seven-year period. For her efforts, Smith was recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Productivity Commission as “Employee of the Year.”
Smith is a past president of Lancaster West Rotary and past assistant governor for Rotary District 5260. Currently, Smith is a board member for the Antelope Valley Fair Association and also sits on the 50th District Agricultural Association board, a position she was appointed to by the Governor of California. In addition, Smith serves as a member of the City of Lancaster’s Planning Commission and the Lancaster Successor Agency Oversight Board.
(Information via press release from the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.)