CCE, IOM, MA
Rebecca Martin, CCE, IOM, is the President and CEO of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, promoting economic prosperity along the Seattle-Tacoma business corridor in Washington.
Martin is a certified Chamber professional with experience in economic development, tourism, small business, education, as well as membership organizations and public sector entities. She is one of only 6% of Chamber executives in the U.S. with the CCE designation from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and the only practicing CEO is the State of Washington with the CCE certification.
In addition to her CCE, Martin also holds the industry designation of IOM, having completed the program for Institutional Organizational Management offered by the United States Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, she was selected to serve as a class advisor for the IOM program at the USCC West Institute.
Within the Chamber of Commerce industry, Martin served as President and CEO of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber. Previously she was a Senior Vice President at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, President and the CEO of the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau in Michigan. Martin was Vice President of the Chamber Division of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, the lead economic development agency in Erie, Pennsylvania focused on business attraction, retention and expansion.
Prior to her work in the Chamber of Commerce industry, Martin served as Director of Marketing & Government Affairs for the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority.
A former State Commissioner, she was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women for two consecutive terms. Previously, she was appointed to Governor Rendell’s Transition Team for Travel and Tourism and served on the Northwest Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism Task Force under Governor Thomas Ridge.
Politically, she was elected to the City of Erie School Board and served two years as President following two years as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Martin was the first woman to hold the seat of School Board President in 20 years. During her tenure as President, the Erie School District received a $15 million, five-year grant from the GE Foundation’s College Bound Program. Also, the Pennsylvania School Board Association appointed Martin to the Federal Relations Network to represent her congressional district on legislative issues related to education.
Formerly, she served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Pennsylvania Center for Excellence in Education, The Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, Michigan Great Outdoors, and the Michigan Port Cities Initiative.
Active in a variety of professional associations, Martin was a Trustee of the Erie Rotary Club’s Scholarship Foundation Board, serving as the Foundation’s President for two years. She served on the advisory Board for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, and was on faculty for the online university in Chamber management offered by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
In Pennsylvania, she earned her MA from Gannon University and her BA, magna cum laude, from Mercyhurst College.
Member Relations Specialist
Asako is from Tokyo, Japan. She graduated Highline College in 2017 with degrees in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Of her many passions, she loves cooking, food, traveling, experiencing new cultures and learning about the world surrounding her. It’s the ladder that encompasses her true spirit and fuels her inquisitive nature. At the Chamber, Asako is head of Member Relations. She loves the spirit of collaboration at the Chamber and working to develop more harmony between Japanese and Federal Way business. Member’s smiles warm her heart and encourage her to keep asking questions and finding solutions.
Marketing & Membership Manager
(253) 838-2605 ext. 100
Rachel runs the helm of the Chamber’s Communications, a ship she enjoys sailing. Her Chamber experience extends beyond marketing, having served as the youngest Chamber Ambassador in the history of the Pennsylvanian hamlet from which she hails.
You can find Rachel planted next to a body of water, be it a lake, river or the Puget Sound. An avid kayaker, Rachel enjoys water activities of all kinds and has her sights on kayaking all of the many lakes Federal Way has to offer.
Along with her Chamber experience, Rachel has worked in marketing since attending Mercyhurst University with a major in English Literature. Her green thumb is her biggest passion and her garden is where she is most productive.
Communications & Publications Manager
(253) 838-2605 ext. 130
LaRaye Rushing is the Communications & Publications Manager of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. She maintains and updates all Chamber publications, websites, while doing all graphic design for the organization.
LaRaye has an extensive design and business background having worked for the State of Texas and many nonprofits in her home state of Texas, including the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Angelo State University and a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on digital art and design from Full Sail University.
Come visit her office to get a taste of some of her highly curated Funko Pop! collection. When not working, she fills her time with her two dogs Pete (13 y/o Cocker Spaniel) and Crispin (4 y/o Yorkshire Terrier who was rescued from the mean streets of Austin, Texas).
Favorite Movie: Labyrinth
Favorite Band: Fall Out Boy
Reading recommendation: It’s a comic book, but of course! Extremity – written and illustrated by Daniel Warren Johnson. It’s a tale of warring clans spawned by the slaughter of a young girl’s mother and her father seeking vengeance. The young girl Thea loses her hand by the invaders making an example of her. As the best artist in her clan, losing her drawing hand devastates her and alters the course of her future. A story of loss and redemption. Finding the best parts of ourselves to rise above conflict.