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.

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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.

Environmental Affairs Committee

Advise Chamber members on significant environmental issues and work to influence lawmakers to prepare and support cost-efficient, yet effective, regulations.

Health Care & Human Resources Committee

Advocate to reduce the cost of health care and encourage communication between the business and health care communities.

Tax & Regulatory Affairs Committee

Review issues as they relate to tax and regulations that increase the cost of doing business.

Transportation Committee

Analyze issues and advocate for infrastructure policies and projects that make efficient use of each dollar spent on transportation.

Municipal Council

The Municipal Council advises Chamber staff to advance the region’s business and community interests at the local level.

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.

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.

Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved with any of our committees, contact Government Affairs Manager, Katie Doyen at [email protected]

Breakfast with Legislators

Breakfast with Legislators events provide Chamber members and their employees the opportunity to establish relationships with key decision makers and voice opinions on issues moving forward in Lansing. Networking and facilitated question-and-answer sessions offer firsthand information on upcoming legislation and House and Senate committee activities, prompting great dialogue between legislators and Chamber members.

Want to join us at the next Breakfast with Legislators? Check out the events calendar!

Your Advocacy Experts

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Andy Johnston

Senior Vice President of Strategic Engagement & Policy

[email protected]

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Josh Lunger

Vice President of Government Affairs

[email protected]

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Nate Henschel

Director of Government Affairs

[email protected]

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Katie Doyen

Government Affairs Manager

[email protected]

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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