Julie Coons

Julie Coons
President and CEO, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Julie Coons is a transformative business leader who delivers unprecedented revenue and profit growth through innovation, operational excellence and cultural change.

In September 2018 Ms. Coons was named President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber), the Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™, representing local employers with more than 500,000 regional employees. The Northern Virginia Chamber is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s priorities in transportation, education, workforce, and economic opportunity. For 90-plus years, the Northern Virginia Chamber has been working hand-in-hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community.

From 2017-2018 Ms. Coons served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is a nearly $31 mm organization comprised of a range of national programs, over 100 BBB national partners throughout North America and two charitable organizations, the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust and the Wise Giving Alliance.

From 2008-2016, Ms. Coons served as the President and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association where she led a significant financial and brand transformation of the association. Prior to joining ERA, Ms. Coons served as president and CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland; during her tenure, Ms. Coons led the association to a regional position of influence. Before joining TCM, Ms. Coons was executive vice president at PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association, a telecommunications trade association. Prior to the non-profit world, Ms. Coons led international business development for a number of telecommunications companies.

he has been an active member of numerous non-profit boards including the Advertising Self-Regulation Council and is currently a director of the Advisory Board of Marketsmith, Inc., a direct response marketing agency. She is an active member of the International Women’s Forum and the American Society of Association Executives. She holds a CAE (certified association executive) credential and is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She was recently named one of the 2018 DCA Live Non Profit Leaders.

Ms. Coons graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., with a B.A. in economics and B.A. in Japanese language and literature.

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