PREVIOUSLY: Donna Wright, President and CEO of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce, has died

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Press release from the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce:

The Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Nancy Olson as the chamber’s new President/CEO, Board Chair Linda Wise announced today. After careful and detailed research, the House Board’s personnel committee recommended Nancy Olson to the full board at its June meeting. It was overwhelmingly approved.

“We are delighted to have Nancy on our team,” Wise said. “Nancy has held senior positions with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and non-profit organizations and has a full set of experiences that will lead our members through the dynamic times ahead.”

Most recently, Nancy served at Cal Poly Humboldt, providing professional and organizational development for the campus, focusing on leadership development, team building, wellness, anti-bias training, strategic planning, and more. . She also founded and co-led the People-Centered Change Initiative, driving improved change management practices for the University.

Prior to joining Humboldt, she served as Vice President of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce overseeing the Center for Leadership and Executive Director of the Southern California Leadership Network, a program housed within the Center for Leadership. With an extensive background in civic engagement and public service, she spent five years in the California Governor’s Office leading statewide initiatives focused on creating social change through cross-sector partnerships and personal actions. Nancy also spent eight years living and working in Haiti, serving organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Child Care and World Concern. Additionally, she has had an active consulting practice serving non-profit organizations, government agencies and professional associations for over two decades.

“When I moved to Eureka, one of the first organizations I contacted was the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce,” Olson said. “I knew it would be a hub to get involved in our community while expanding my network – which has proven true in spades! Fast forward a few years and here I am, honored and energized by the opportunity to serve as President/CEO I sincerely look forward to building on the success of the Chamber and expanding its impact on the vitality of our region.

The Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce has approximately 500 members and is an active advocate for local businesses. If your business is interested in becoming a member, you can visit our website at or call (707) 442-3738.