Greater Irvine Chamber Announces New President/CEO Bryan Starr

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Following an extensive national search, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce on April 25 announced its new president and CEO, Bryan Starr. Starr will take the helm on May 19.

“I’m honored to have been selected to lead the Greater Irvine Chamber into its next phase of success,” Starr said. “Having focused much of my career on business associations in Orange County, specifically Irvine and neighboring communities, I’m looking forward to expanding the Chamber’s influence and providing its members with the highest level of support and exposure.”

A California native and long-time Irvine resident, Starr brings to the Chamber more than 12 years of executive-level association management experience.

Prior to joining the Greater Irvine Chamber, Starr served as senior vice president to Orange County Business Council (OCBC), overseeing external affairs and serving as the lead advocate for the business community in Orange County. Prior to OCBC, Starr served as CEO of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southern California, Orange County Chapter. There, he directed the largest BIA chapter in California, focusing his team’s efforts primarily on issue advocacy related to commercial and residential development, as well as economic and construction industry workforce development. Starr began his association management career with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Southern California as director of government affairs in 2004.

Prior to his work on behalf of the private sector, Starr was appointed as a junior staff member to the Committee on Ways and Means, United States House of Representatives. He returned from Washington, D.C. to work on numerous state-wide political campaigns including gubernatorial and senate races. Starr also worked as director of public affairs for a Newport Beach-based public affairs consulting firm, where he developed strategies for clients on issues ranging from municipal franchise contracts to land development and redevelopment projects, as well as having lent himself to several local political campaigns.

Starr has served on numerous public boards including the Irvine Community Land Trust Inaugural Board of Directors, where he currently holds the title of president, Orange County Council of Governments, OC Waste and Recycling, and the City of Irvine’s Green Ribbon Commission.

Starr’s opinions on political strategy, issue advocacy, and association management have been published in major news outlets such as the Orange County Register, OC Metro, Long Beach Press Telegram, California Real Estate Journal, Orange County Business Journal, and several independent industry specific trade publications.

Starr received his Bachelor of Arts in political science, with honors, from San Diego State University, and served in the United States Coast Guard.

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