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U.S. Chamber Names Monique Thierry Executive Director of Southwest/South Central Regional Office

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 8:00pm

Former Southwest Louisiana Chamber Vice President to
Direct Outreach from Louisiana to New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named Monique Thierry executive director of its Southwest/South Central Regional Office. In this capacity, Thierry will maintain and build upon the Chamber’s legislative, political, and grassroots efforts in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. She will be tasked with helping formulate Chamber policy to best serve the interests of the business community in the region and to communicate those policies to local chambers, associations, and businesses.

“We will rely on Monique to enhance Chamber grassroots efforts and our ability to represent our members in the region,” said Douglas Loon, vice president for the Chamber’s Congressional and Public Affairs Regional Offices. “With her roots strongly planted in the regional business community we are confident our members will have their voices heard loud and clear in the halls of Washington.”

Thierry comes to the Chamber from a U.S. Chamber accredited member organization, the Chamber Southwest Louisiana where she led government affairs efforts for the five parish region in both Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C. from 2005 through 2011. In this capacity, Thierry acted as the advocate for public policy issues benefiting the economic development interests of Southwest Louisiana. A graduate of Leadership Louisiana and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce [LINK] (ICW), she served on the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business and Energy and Environment committees. She oversaw and developed strategies for environment issues, offshore oil revenue sharing, hurricane recovery efforts, infrastructure, redistricting, coastal protection/restoration, education, and energy.

On her appointment, George Swift, CEO of the Chamber Southwest Louisiana stated “Monique played an integral part in successfully establishing the Chamber SWLA as a key player for our region’s business issue advocacy on the state and federal level. We are excited for her to build upon her success and to play an even larger role in her new position with the U S Chamber.”

Throughout her career, Thierry has held various leadership roles in Louisiana state and federal politics and has served in many administrations including those of former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial and then Lieutenant Governor Kathleen B. Blanco, who went on to serve as Governor of Louisiana.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.