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San Francisco Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Announces Departure to Assume New Role as CEO of Sonoma Media Investments

San Francisco, November 13, 2012 – San Francisco Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Falk today announced his resignation and departure from the organization to accept a new role as President & CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, a locally-based media company that recently purchased The Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus-Courier, the North Bay Business Journal and other media properties from Florida-based Halifax Media.

“The Chamber is a leading force for the business community and a key source of job and economic growth in San Francisco,” said Falk. “I am honored to have served this critically-important organization and am extremely proud of what we have accomplished over the past six years.”

Since joining the Chamber in 2006, Falk oversaw the organization and implemented board policies and directives that have helped strengthen the city’s business community and grow the local and regional economies. Under his leadership, the Chamber helped inspire the creation of the city’s Office of Economic analysis, which assesses the economic impact of pending local legislation; launched ChinaSF, the city’s successful public-private partnership to encourage Chinese investment in the city; and helped gain approval for job-creating developments including the Hunters Point Shipyard, Treasure Island, Parkmerced and several others.

The Chamber Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to find the organization’s next President & CEO. The committee is actively pursuing candidates and is working to ensure a strategic and expedient leadership transition.

“We are tremendously grateful for the leadership that Falk has provided over the past six years. He has been a strong advocate for San Francisco business and a true champion of economic growth,” said Chamber Baord Chair Wade L. Rose, Vice President of External & Government Relations for Dignity Health.

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