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Bellevue Chamber Staff

Meet the Team

Joe FainPresident & CEO
Ellen AsbellMembership & Marketing
Lyset CadenaOlympia Lobbyist
Ashley ClemmerDirector of Operations
Kim FredericksVice President
Chris JohnsonDirector of Government Relations
Olivia MullinCommunications and Board Relations Specialist
Mary SultDirector of Finance
 WafflesPerformance Coach
Membership & MarketingEllen Asbell
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
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.

Communications and Board Relations SpecialistOlivia Mullin
Director of FinanceMary Sult

Mary Sult joined the Bellevue Chamber team in 2017 as Finance Director. Prior to joining the non-profit world, Mary served the arts community as Client Relations Manager for Denny Park Fine Arts and Chihuly Studio. Her early career began in public accounting where she spent 15 years in operational firm management, staff development and training, marketing, sales, and client service.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University and a Certificate of Paraprofessional accounting from Bellevue College. Mary also serves her alma mater on the Advisory Board for Western Washington University’s Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) board, part of the College of Business and Economics.

She resides here in Downtown Bellevue with her 17 year-old cat Gracie whom she adopted from the Seattle Humane Society in 2002.

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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