Thomas J. Collamore is former counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he advised senior management on long-term strategy.
Previously, Tom served as executive vice president and counselor to the president as well as senior vice president, communications and strategy. In those positions, Collamore was responsible for all aspects of the Chamber’s communications strategy and execution including message development, media outreach, digital products, design, marketing, PR, advertising, member interface, and branding. He spearheaded the creation of the Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise, a positive, long-term program to advance, protect, and defend a free enterprise system based on individual initiative, limited government, and private sector-led growth. Under his leadership, America’s Small Business Summit became the Chamber’s largest and most successful annual member event, bringing together hundreds of small business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the country to network, learn, and advocate for pro-business policies.
Before joining the Chamber in 2007, Collamore spent 14 years with Altria Group, Inc., as vice president of Corporate Public Affairs. There he was responsible for the strategy, direction and management of the company’s public policy, public affairs, charitable and political giving programs, and outreach to important external stakeholders. He directed the departments that handled corporate strategy and social responsibility, corporate contributions, external affairs, corporate identity, environmental affairs, and agricultural relations.
Collamore previously served as chief of staff and assistant secretary of commerce in the George H.W. Bush administration. He represented the secretary before the White House, federal agencies, Congress, and private industry and oversaw department policies and programs. Before that, he was assistant secretary of commerce for administration, serving as the secretary’s principal adviser on management issues and as the department’s chief financial officer. His responsibilities included budget, organization, personnel, administrative services, grants management, and finance and accounting for the approximately $3 billion agency. For these positions, he was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
Collamore was also a member of the President’s Council on Management Improvement and served as chairman of the council’s Committee on Government Operations.
From 1985 to 1989, Collamore served in the White House on former Vice President Bush’s senior staff. From 1987 to 1989, he was assistant to the vice president for operations. He also served as liaison to the transition offices of the president-elect and the vice president-elect from 1988 to 1989. He was deputy assistant to the vice president and staff secretary from 1985 to 1987. During that time, Collamore traveled with Bush, visiting more than 30 countries and all 50 states, and was a senior traveling aide throughout the campaign for president, culminating in Bush’s 1988 election.
Collamore was special assistant to Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige from 1981 to 1985. He received the Commerce Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Federal Service in 1985.
Collamore is vice chairman of the board directors of the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children in Ridgely, Maryland and a member of the board of trustees of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. He is on the advisory boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, and is chairman emeritus of the board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.
In addition, he is a member of two leadership organizations, The Seminar and the Arthur W. Page Society, both of which are composed of chief communications officers from the nation’s largest companies and organizations.
A native of Connecticut, Collamore graduated from Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, where he serves as a trustee emeritus. He graduated magna cum laude from Drew University, where he previously served on the board of trustees. Collamore resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Jacqueline, and their four children.