Advocacy & Government Affairs

Advocacy & Government Affairs

The Grand Rapids Chamber acts as fierce advocates for business on issues that enrich a thriving, and diverse business climate. 

We are proud to be leading action on the issues that matter most to our members. From roads and taxes to childcare, housing, and cutting through government red tape we are advocating for a prosperous West Michigan for all. The Chamber navigates local, regional, and state policy landscapes for West Michigan business.

Want to Get Involved? Help Create Great Policy, Advocacy, and Opportunity by Joining Our Committees and Councils

Education & Workforce Development Committee

Work to ensure the development of a better educated and productive workforce. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Alexa Kramer, 616.771.0311.

Environmental Affairs Committee

Advise Chamber members on significant environmental issues and work to influence lawmakers to prepare and support cost-efficient, yet effective, regulations. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Josh Lunger, 616.771.0336.

Health Care & Human Resources Committee

Advocate to reduce the cost of health care and encourage communication between the business and health care communities. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Andy Johnston, 616.771.0335.

Tax & Regulatory Affairs Committee

Review issues as they relate to tax and regulations that increase the cost of doing business. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Alexa Kramer, 616.771.0311.

Transportation Committee

Analyze issues and advocate for infrastructure policies and projects that make efficient use of each dollar spent on transportation. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Josh Lunger, 616.771.0336.

Public Policy Council

The Public Policy Council exists to advance Chamber legislative priorities and the region’s business and community interests by coordinating the individual efforts of the Chamber’s issues committees to ensure broad-based advocacy and motivates members to engage in activities to achieve these goals. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Andy Johnston, 616.771.0335.

President’s Club

Individuals who personally contribute to the Chamber’s Political Actions Committee: The Friends of West Michigan Business. Participate in quarterly meetings featuring dynamic speakers who share insider perspectives and participate in the interview process for candidates running for office. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Josh Lunger, 616.771.0336.

Government Affairs Events

Whether it’s a road trip to the statehouse, a breakfast meeting with local officials, or just talking politics over a pint of local product, your Chamber connects with you with the people and policymakers who matter most to your business.

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Your Advocacy Experts

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Andy Johnston

Vice President of Government Affairs


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Josh Lunger

Sr. Director of Government Affairs


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Alexa Kramer

Director of Government Affairs


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Katie Doyen

Government Affairs Manager


The Chamber offers educational opportunities, which can help you if you need to get up to speed in one area or another. Plus, you have a team of lobbyists you know is ready to advocate for you.” - Dave Shaffer/Former City Commissioner
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