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Huffman to lead Chamber of Commerce

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Laura Huffman, who leads the Texas office of the Nature Conservancy, has been named president and CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Huffman will take the reins from longtime leader Mike Rollins on April 20, according to a news release from the organization. Rollins announced his intention to retire last year. Huffman is well-known around the city for her service as an assistant city manager under City Manager Toby Futrell. During her time with the city, Huffman negotiated Austin’s 100-year water deal with the Lower Colorado River Authority and led contract negotiations with public safety unions. Acknowledging that the pandemic and resulting unemployment crisis would create extra challenges, Huffman told the Austin Monitor Thursday, “I’m just extremely excited to take this role at this moment in time. As a native Austinite and as the mother of four children, as someone who cares deeply about this community, I understand that it’s all about people and what people are experiencing within their families, with their jobs and with their companies, whatever that looks like – a restaurant, a band or a major employer in Austin. And I think we’ve got some hard work ahead of us but I know this to be a resilient community and I have great confidence in Austinites.”

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