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Ashland Chamber of Commerce &
Visitors Convention Bureau

Sandra Slattery, Executive Director,
(541) 482-3486 ext 105

Katharine Cato, VCB & Marketing Director,
(541) 482-3486  ext 106

Dana Preston, Membership & Business Development Director,
(541) 482-3486 ext 107

Dana Welsh, Operations Manager/Graphic Design/Web Administration,
(541) 482-3486 ext 100

Kelsey Frantz, Projects and Special Events Coordinator,
(541) 482-3486 ext. 104

Graham Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator/Staff Photographer,
(541) 482-3486 ext. 103​


Photo by Judith Pavlik
Chamber Board of  Directors & Ex-Officio 2019-20

The Chamber is a membership-based organization run by an elected Board of Directors who set the policies for the organization.
Back row/left to right:  Eric Hansen, True South Solar; Julie Gurwell, Hearsay Restaurant, Lounge and Garden; Ann Robison, The Crown Jewel, Greg White, Reinholdt & O’Harra Insurance, Meiwen Richards, Honorary Life Member, Paul Christy, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Gary Blake, Recology Ashland. Front row/left to right: Debra Ingram, First Interstate Bank; Larry Steiner, Edward Jones; Deena Branson, Branson’s Chocolates, LLC; Sandra Slattery, Executive Director, Ashland Chamber of Commerce; Elijah Katkin, Brickroom; Stefani Seffinger, City Council Liaison (Ex-Officio); and Mary Gardiner, Southern Oregon University. Not picturedAdam Hanks, City of Ashland (Ex-Officio)Sheila Clough, Ashland Community Hospital, Dr. Linda Schott, Southern Oregon University (Ex-Officio) and Mayor John Stromberg City of Ashland (Ex-Officio).

Our Mission:

Ashland Chamber of Commerce, historically grounded since 1889, promotes businesses and the community by providing business resources, creating events, maintaining strong community partnerships, promoting tourism, conducting community issues discussions and collaborative problem solving, providing community leadership.  


The Ashland Chamber of Commerce has a Rapid Response Team to help answer your business questions whether you are starting, growing or moving your business to Ashland. Complete the form below and an Ashland Chamber staff member will connect with you shortly.

Click Here to fill out an online form


City of Ashland

The City of Ashland is a municipal corporation first organized in 1874. The Ashland City Council is elected to serve as the governing body for Ashland’s citizens. The Mayor, who presides at the City Council meetings, is elected at-large for a four-year term. Six council members are elected at-large for four-year staggering terms. Other elected officials are the City Recorder, Municipal Judge, and the five-member Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Mayor, with confirmation from the City Council, appoints a City Administrator and City Attorney.  The City Administrator has the responsibility for all city functions with the exception of the Parks Department.

The City Administrator recommends the appointment or dismissal of the Administrative Services and Finance Director, Community Development Director, Electric/Information Technology Director, Fire Chief, Police Chief and Public Works Director. 

In addition to the help they receive from their appointed staff  and employees, 20 advisory boards and commissions assist  the City Council. Over 120 Ashland citizens serve on these boards and commissions and make a valuable contribution to  the City of Ashland.​

Kelly Madding, City Administrator  (541) 488-6002

Jackson County: 

Jackson County is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners who are nominated and elected from the County at large, serving four-year overlapping terms. The County Administrator, a position created by ordinance, is appointed by and reports to the County Commissioners. Its mission is to provide public services that protect and enhance the quality of life in the County, as determined by the people, laws, and available resources. For more information about the County, Click Here.  

SOREDI (Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the long-term prosperity of Jackson and Josephine Counties. They serve 13 incorporated cities including Ashland, Butte Falls, Cave Junction, Central Point, Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix, Rogue River, Talent, and Shady Cove.

(541) 773-8946

SBDC- The SOU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides in-depth, one-on-one guidance to businesses and prospective entrepreneurs at no fee. The SBDC business advisors have expertise in a broad spectrum of business issues.  They can help you gather information, evaluate, plan, and create systems for your business that lead to greater profit, job creation, and job retention. Team counseling and on-site visits are available, as well as customized business assistance focused on your business needs.

(541) 552-8300

Travel Southern Oregon- Travel Southern Oregon is a regional, non-profit marketing group. Over the years, it has grown into a seven-county association of hospitality and tourism businesses and destination marketing organizations.

Job Council- The Job Council provides workforce resources to businesses, youth and adults throughout Jackson and Josephine counties. Our programs are grouped within four primary service areas:

Business Services, Job Seeker Services, Youth Programs and Child Care Resources.

The Job Council is an important and active participant in the economic development efforts of the Rogue Valley.

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