The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce didn’t go far to find its next executive director.
The chamber announced Monday that Megan Lauer, its membership coordinator since 2014, will be promoted to lead the local business organization as the interim executive director.
In a statement, chamber President Jordan McDonald said it made “great sense to promote from within.”
“The truth is, we had a young MBA gaining experience in our office at a position she was already overqualified for, so it’s a natural progression,” he said. “Megan is a concise and confident businesswoman; I believe this will be a good move for the Chamber of Commerce.”
Lauer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a master’s of business administration from Willamette University. She’s also active in Altrusa International of Pendleton, serving as the first vice president and the chair of the service committee.
“I am thrilled to continue working with our members in this new role,” Lauer said in a statement “I love the work we do helping tourists and supporting local businesses.”
In a Monday interview, McDonald said Lauer will continue to serve as membership coordinator while taking on executive director duties. As soon as she finds a replacement for the membership coordinator position, McDonald expects the interim tag to be lifted.
Lauer replaces Gail Nelson, who resigned after six years with the chamber to become Umatilla County’s economic development and tourism coordinator