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Vicki Gervickas Joins Chamber as Grassroots Engagement Manager

Vicki Gervickas Joins Chamber as Grassroots Engagement Manager

VickiThe Chamber is excited to introduce its members to Vicki Gervickas, who recently came onboard as the Grassroots Engagement Manager in the Public Policy Department. She will plug Chamber members into the public policy process and strengthen business advocacy efforts. Vicki has extensive experience promoting regional economic growth.

“Most recently, I worked on the Envision Alachua team, which piqued my interest in political engagement,” Vicki said. “So when the Chamber opening literally popped up on my computer screen, I could not believe the serendipity.”

Originally from Springfield, MA, Vicki attended UMass Amherst where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/English. She also received a Master’s degree in Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota. She started her career at IBM, working in its Rochester, MN, location and later in Philadelphia. In a quest for even warmer weather, she and her husband moved to Gainesville in 1995. Vicki describes Gainesville as a wonderful place to have raised her three children.

“Vicki Gervickas is an impressive professional and brings a wealth of grassroots engagement experience to the Chamber,” Kamal I. Latham, vice president of public policy said.  “She is an asset to this organization and will help us move to the next level.”

Vicki officially started on April 6. If you have any questions on grassroots engagement, please reach out to Vicki at vicki@gainesvillechamber.com.

Why do you love Gainesville?

“I love everything about living here! It has wildly exceeded my expectations as a great place to raise our family–Gainesville has all the great things that come with small-town living, but with an abundance of cultural and natural delights too, and you just can’t beat the weather.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

“I think we are all so busy running our businesses and our lives that we don’t always have time to get involved in local politics, but the policies enacted are the ones that form how we live every day. I’m excited to do what I can to make it easier for Chamber members to have the information they need to weigh in on these policies at their fingertips.And if you need a recommendation for a good book, tv show, restaurant or cocktail, let me know! – those are a few of my favorite things.”

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