Bellevue Chamber Staff

Meet the Team

Lyset CadenaOlympia Lobbyist
Ashley ClemmerDirector of Operations
Joe FainPresident & CEO
Kim FredericksVice President
Chris JohnsonDirector of Government Relations
Nancy KhouryDirector of Community Outreach
Olivia MullinCommunications and Board Relations Specialist
Jaelin O’HalloranGovernment Affairs & Community Engagement Specialist
Caitlin GallagherDirector of Communications
 WafflesPerformance Coach
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

Ashley Clemmer is the Bellevue Chamber’s Director of Operations. She joined the Chamber team in 2017 bringing with her several years of experience in administrative support and office management. She is responsible for communications and marketing, membership database management, and providing operational support for the Chamber’s events and programs.

Ashley is a native Seattleite and graduated from the University of Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, attending concerts, and watching hockey.

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

Kim is the Vice President of the Bellevue Chamber. Kim collaborates with members to provide specialized brand visibility opportunities to Chamber programs and initiatives. Additionally, she oversees several programs and key signature events including the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and the Women’s Leadership Conference.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Kim served on the board as well as chairman of Operation School Bell of the Assistance League of Everett.
Kim serves on the board the of the NW Parkinson’s Foundation.

Kim is a graduate of Western Washington University. She and her husband Mark split their time between Bellevue and Mukilteo.

Director of CommunicationsCaitlin Gallagher

Caitlin Gallagher is responsible for internal and external communications at the Bellevue Chamber, including traditional press and digital media.

Prior to her time at the Chamber, Caitlin worked in politics for several years, honing her skills in a variety of roles ranging from communications adviser to presidential campaign aide. Most recently, Caitlin served as Communications Director at the Federation of American Hospitals, a trade association representing 20% of U.S. hospitals. Previously, Caitlin was the Press Secretary at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and worked in the office of Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate’s Majority Whip, where she handled congratulatory correspondence for the Senator. Before that, Caitlin was a Legal Assistant for former Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign based in Miami, FL. During the 2016 primary, she was part of Jeb Bush’s successful ballot access team that qualified Gov. Bush for all available ballots across the country. Caitlin is a graduate of Baylor University.

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

Nancy was an active member of the Bellevue Chamber before joining the team in 2020. Prior to joining the team as well as a massive networker in the community. She grew a loyal network of small businesses during her years in the banking industry.

Nancy focuses on creating and retaining membership at the chamber, as well as develop outreach programs to serve the members. Additionally, she is responsible for connecting people in the community and cultivating relationships with businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations.

Nancy is an active board member for several organizations and continues to seek out opportunities that can benefit Eastside businesses. She is fluent in Arabic and has extensive experience working in the ethnic business community.

Nancy holds a B.S in Mathematics and graduated from WSU.

Communications and Board Relations SpecialistOlivia Mullin

Olivia Mullin joined the Chamber team in Fall 2019. She is the lead on Communications, Board Relations and Committees for the Chamber.

Olivia graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. She plans on continuing her education with a Master’s in Public Relations.

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.

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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