Jona Van Deun is vice president of small business coalitions and engagement at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Van Deun is responsible for directing and cultivating the Chamber’s small business advocacy programs and outreach and creating the U.S. Chamber’s Main Street Leaders program. Its primary focus is to recruit, educate, and train small business owners and entrepreneurs to communicate the unique public policy needs of small business to lawmakers.
Van Deun also handles the Chamber’s small business fly-in program, known as Main Street Ambassadors, which provides small businesses with a yearly opportunity to connect with lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
Before joining the Chamber, Van Deun was director of coalitions for Koch Companies Public Sector, where she managed all strategic alliances and outreach with third-party organizations.
During a short tour overseas in 2007, she served the State Department as the community liaison officer to the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria. From 2005 to 2007, Van Deun worked at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) developing comprehensive public affairs plans and coordinating media relations activities.
After the 2000 elections, Van Deun worked on the White House transition team and became the advance and scheduling director for Lynne V. Cheney. She held management positions with the 3M Company-Traffic Control Materials Division, Ceridian, and the Pillsbury Company coordinating their federal and state government relations programs.
She began her political career in 1992 as a staff assistant to former President George H.W. Bush in the Office of Presidential Scheduling. From 1993 to 1995, she was deputy director for Cabinet Affairs to Gov. Arne H. Carlson (MN). She also worked as a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.