Zach Brandon named president of Madison Chamber

Zach Brandon has been named the new president of the Madison Chamber of Commerce, succeeding outgoing president Jennifer Alexander.

The announcement came this morning during a press conference attended by Alexander and David Stark, chamber board chair and president of Stark Company Realtors.

Chamber officials cited Brandon’s business acumen and knowledge of the Madison community. “Our community needs tenacious leaders who put it all on the line to close the gap between what our region is and what it can be as a true player on the national stage,” Stark said in a prepared statement. “Zach is this type of leader – the right leader, with the right experience at the right time. He understands and shares our passion for economic development and a strong business voice.”

Brandon, 39, most recently served as head of the Wisconsin Angel Network. He also has served as a Madison alderman and as deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under former Gov. Jim Doyle. Brandon owned a business in downtown Madison before pursuing public service.

Brandon pledged to fill what he called the “economic development policy vacuum” and be aggressive in recruiting and retaining employers and jobs.

He also praised Alexander, who has served as chamber president for the past nine years, for building a strong foundation. “The Chinese have this saying: ‘While drinking the water, remember who dug the well,’” he said.