The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday it had selected former Washington State Senator Joe Fain as the organization’s next president and CEO.

“Joe has a proven track record of collaborative leadership in both government and business, and we believe he is uniquely suited to help lead the Chamber as we foster and advocate for a healthy business environment in Bellevue and the Eastside,” said Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Josh Marti in a press release. “As CEO, Joe will spearhead the Chamber’s efforts as a convener as we look forward to providing even greater service to our members and stakeholders.”

Joe Fain, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy Joe Fain.

“I’ve been impressed by Joe’s experience and abilities as a forward-thinking, bipartisan leader, and I know he will be an effective advocate for Bellevue’s business community,” added Bellevue City Councilmember Jennifer Robertson.

The Chamber’s previous president and CEO, Betty Nokes Capestany, left the organization last summer when she was hired to become Pierce County’s economic development director.

Capestany worked at the Chamber for 17 years.

Fain was elected to the Washington State Senate in 2010 and 2014. He will begin working at the Chamber on February 19.