About the Upstate Chamber Coalition
Representing 11 chambers, 8,000 member-businesses, and over 200,000 employees
Our state’s economic heart lies in the Upstate. In 2010, 11 Upstate Chambers of Commerce joined forces to form the Upstate Chamber Coalition. Today, we are united as the voice of Upstate business concerns and devoted to improving our region’s business climate.
As your advocate at the statehouse, the Upstate Chamber Coalition:
- Prevents anti-business legislation and regulation
- Researches and develops solutions to address business concerns
- Works directly with other business advocacy organizations to advocate interests of our Chambers’ members
Lobbying for Our Economic Good
The Coalition employs two government relations professionals in Columbia who work closely with the General Assembly. We are focused on creating jobs, raising per capita income, and improving our region’s incredible quality of life.
The Upstate Chamber Coalition is made up of the following member Chambers:
As the Executive Director of the Upstate Chamber Coalition, Jason’s responsibilities include leading the public policy initiatives for the Upstate Chambers of Commerce. To achieve our public policy goals, he fosters relationships with local elected officials and business leaders throughout the Upstate, lobbies members of the SC General Assembly, and works to increase the Upstate Chambers’ influence with key legislators and policy makers.
Before joining the Coalition, Jason worked for a decade as Communications Director for the South Carolina House Republican Caucus, where he was responsible for crafting the Caucus’ public message, promoting contact between members and constituents, managing the Caucus’ social media presence, and managing the Caucus’ third-party campaign operations.
Jason’s career experience also includes working as a reporter for The Greenville News. He received more than a dozen local, state, and national awards for his work during the five years he spent in media. He received awards for design while working as an editor for a Florida newspaper.
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington and Lee University. He is an avid marathoner and long-distance triathlete who finished Ironman Chattanooga in 2015. He and his wife Frances live in Greenville with their two young sons.
Director of Legislative Affairs
Katie, a native of Columbia, SC, joined the Upstate Chamber Coalition in 2015. As the Director of Legislative Affairs, her responsibilities include maintaining an awareness of political and legislative activity, managing public policy events, and providing support to members of the coalition. Katie comes to the Upstate Chamber Coalition with experience in the healthcare industry, having assisted trauma centers in complying with state policies and in qualifying for funding. She is a graduate of Erskine College and has degrees in Business Administration and Political Science.
When not representing the Upstate’s business community, she devotes time to training for half marathons, volunteering at her church, and enjoying The Office on Netflix.