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CHAMPS Welcomes New Executive Director

Two years ago, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals, or CHAMPS) Board of Directors undertook a comprehensive strategic planning activity designed to evaluate the needs of the Capitol Hill business community during a time of rapid growth and change in Washington, D.C.

The plan resulted in Board of Directors member Betsy Poos transitioning to Executive Director. Poos spearheaded a revitalization and expansion of CHAMPS programs, which resulted in focusing CHAMPS educational programs, creating opportunities for Hill-based retail establishments, engaging with city agency and council leaders and, most importantly, nearly tripling membership. Having achieved so much, she has decided to step away for family reasons at this time and hand the reins to a successor. As an organization, CHAMPS is deeply indebted to Betsy for her dedication and achievements.

This past Wednesday, Jan. 17th, CHAMPS announced the appointment of Julie Aaronson as CHAMPS Executive Director.

“There are big things ahead for CHAMPS under Julie’s direction,” said Poos. “Her advocacy background is the right fit for our growing Chamber. I’m thrilled to welcome her aboard, and l look forward to staying involved as a CHAMPS member.”

Aaronson is a long-time resident of Capitol Hill with her husband and two children. Most recently, she was Associate Assistant Secretary for Budget and Appropriations for the U.S. Department of Labor.

“I’m excited to connect with Capitol Hill businesses and to continue CHAMPS successes. Working for CHAMPS will allow me to put my legislative, outreach and advocacy skills to work in direct support of my local community, and that is a tremendous opportunity,” Aaronson said.

She brings a wealth of legislative and outreach experience to CHAMPS, where Aaronson will build on CHAMPS successes as the organization moves forward to connect, promote and advocate for Capitol Hill businesses.

CHAMPS was organized in 1983 to support businesses on Capitol Hill through advocacy, education, promotion and networking programs.  For more information, please call CHAMPS at 202.547.7788 or send email to champs@capitolhill.org.


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