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Bellevue Chamber Staff

Meet the Team

Joe FainPresident & CEO
McKenna BryantMarketing and Communications Intern
Lyset CadenaOlympia Lobbyist
Ashley ClemmerDirector of Operations
Kim FredericksVice President
Shivani GrandhiMarketing and Communications Intern
Chris JohnsonDirector of Government Relations
Nancy KhouryDirector of Community Outreach
Connor McCleanAdvocacy and Public Policy Intern
Emily MilbrathMarketing & Communications Intern
Olivia MullinCommunications and Board Relations Specialist
Jaelin O’HalloranGovernment Affairs & Community Engagement Specialist
Grant SchillerSales and Operations Intern
 WafflesPerformance Coach
Marketing and Communications InternMcKenna Bryant

McKenna Bryant is an upcoming Junior at the University of Washington. She is currently studying Psychology and planning on earning her Masters degree in Education. She is interested in exploring relationships with businesses surrounding the greater Seattle area through her work with Bellevue Chamber. Also, McKenna is a member of the Women’s Rowing team at the University of Washington and loves living in the Pacific Northwest.

Olympia LobbyistLyset Cadena

Lyset Cadena began her career working for the Washington State Senate as partisan policy staff. She worked on economic development, agriculture, and transportation issues and helped Senators develop strategies to ensure their priorities were adopted. After six years at the legislature, she left to work for a local government non-profit, but found she missed the legislative process. In 2015, Lyset began her lobbying career as a City of Seattle lobbyist working on affordable housing, homelessness, transportation, and the three budgets (operating, capital, and transportation).

In late 2017, Lyset Cadena started Cadena Consulting with clients that included City of Burien, City of Edmonds, City of Seattle, CHI Franciscan, School’s Out Washington, and the Woodland Park Zoo. Throughout Lyset’s career she has been active in transportation, revenue, human services, public health, early learning, and natural resources issues.

Director of OperationsAshley Clemmer
President & CEOJoe Fain

Joe Fain is the President and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber. He previously served two terms in the Washington State Senate where he worked extensively on economic development, transportation, and education issues.

He was a leading negotiator of Washington’s 2015 statewide transportation package. He also led the negotiations and prime-sponsored Washington’s Paid Family Leave legislation, which passed in 2017.

Joe has also worked managing a boutique law and consulting firm in Seattle speciailizing in technology and healthcare; at the University of Washington office of technology transfer and commercialization; as a prosecutor for King County; and as Chief of Staff to a member of the King County Council.

Joe was selected in 2012 as one Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and was a 2017 Rodel Fellow with the Aspen Institute.

He has a Joint JD/MBA from Seattle University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

Vice PresidentKim Fredericks
Marketing and Communications InternShivani Grandhi

Shivani is currently a junior in the gifted IB program at Interlake High School. Shivani has interest in STEM subjects and some of the extracurriculars she does include Bharatantyam Dance, Robotics, Lacrosse, HOSA and DECA. She has founded two nonprofits and is an avid member of both. Through one, Robosapiens, she is able to spread awareness and teach younger kids about Robotics and Programming. Through the other nonprofit, InSync, she is able to teach kids and her peers Indian cultural art forms. She is very passionate about her community and did numerous events to spread awareness about stress, raise funds for nonprofits like the Sophia Way etc. She hopes through internning at the chamber she can develop important relations with significant members of the city and further develop her business skills.

Director of Government RelationsChris Johnson

As Director of Government Relations, Chris Johnson develops and implements the Bellevue Chamber’s advocacy agenda at the local, regional and state levels. Previously he served as Policy Director in the Washington State Attorney General’s office and as Chief of Staff for King County Council District Six.

A Bellevue resident since there were farms on Bellevue Way, Chris is pleased to be back home, enjoying a five-minute commute and helping business of all sizes have a positive impact upon public policy.

Director of Community OutreachNancy Khoury
Advocacy and Public Policy InternConnor McClean
Marketing & Communications InternEmily Milbrath

Emily is a rising Senior at Saint Mary’s College of California majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. Following graduation, Emily hopes to work on user experience design in software development.

Emily is also a D1 athlete on the Saint Mary’s Rowing Team and has been rowing varsity crew for the past 8 years. She is an honor roll student-athlete and attributes her academic achievements to the work ethic developed in crew.

Communications and Board Relations SpecialistOlivia Mullin
Government Affairs & Community Engagement SpecialistJaelin O’Halloran

Jaelin O’Halloran is a recent graduate of the University of Washington where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications. She also obtained a Law, Societies and Justice minor and a Certificate of Sales from the Michael G. Foster School of Business. Jaelin started at the chamber as an intern through the Foster School of Business before stepping into her role as the Government Affairs and Community Engagement Specialist.

Sales and Operations InternGrant Schiller

Grant is an incoming Senior at the University of Washington pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Sales Certificate through the Foster School of Business. Following graduation, Grant plans to work in a sales or consulting industry. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Performance Coach Waffles

Waffles joined the Chamber team 2019 as the organization’s first performance coach. As a nine-pound schnorkie (miniature Schnauzer – Yorkie), Waffles understands what it takes to go the extra mile for her members. Whether presiding over team-building meetings, visiting with prospective members, or just napping on the floor, Waffles brings her best to every professional environment.

Before joining the Chamber staff, Waffles was an animal rights activist – passing two important pieces of legislation through the Washington State legislature. The first provides first responders with additional tools and protections to help animals locked in hot cars; the second allows animal control and local police to cite owners who tether their dogs in unsafe or inhumane conditions.

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