KATI CAPOZZI: President & CEO Alaska Chamber

Kati Capozzi is the President & CEO of Alaska Chamber. Kati, has served as the President and CEO of the Alaska Chamber since April 2019. Prior to her appointment at the Chamber, Capozzi served as the campaign manager for Stand for Alaska, the group that soundly defeated Ballot Measure 1 in 2018. Before leading the Stand for Alaska effort, Capozzi worked for five years as a communications and projects manager at the Resource Development Council. Her passion for advocacy work and promoting a healthy business environment in Alaska began in 2011 at the same organization she now leads, originally serving the Alaska Chamber as communications and events director.

In 1953, a few years before Alaska was granted statehood, the “All Alaska” Chamber of Commerce was formed for the purpose of promoting commerce in Alaska. The construction boom, brought about by World War II, was winding down, and Alaska’s business leaders recognized the need for an organized effort to develop a new, stronger economic base for Alaska.

Capozzi serves on the board of directors for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Committee of 100 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Closer to home, she’s an appointed commissioner at the Heritage Land Bank for the Municipality of Anchorage. Capozzi moved to Alaska in 1996 and lives and plays in Eagle River with her husband Daniel and their dog Missy.

Under the recently released brand identity, the organization dropped “State” and “of Commerce” from its name in all new marketing communications programs. This deliberate move better conveys the Chamber’s role in Alaska. Contrary to popular belief, the Chamber is not a state government agency. Because of this incorrect assumption, and the fact that many other state chambers of commerce include tourism promotion as one of their core missions, it was important for the Chamber to be branded distinctly from the state and other chamber entities.