Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Friday, March 3, that Arlene Alen will join the organization as the new CEO.

Effective May 15, Alen will replace Kathy Covey who has been serving as the interim CEO for the past month while the chamber searched for a permanent individual to take on the role.

Alen has served as executive director of The Chamber of Jefferson County, Wash., and previously served as the CEO/president of Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce in Arizona. She also has served on the Jefferson County Planning Commission as a District 1 Commissioner.

According to a news release from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Alen brings extensive experience as a member of various committees, including the Economic Development Council Board of Directors, Climate Action Committee, EV Task Force, Workforce Housing Task Force and Jefferson Broadband Action Committee.

Furthermore, Alen dedicated several years to serve on the Board of PATH International, a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, and served as president of an AZ PATH organization.

"We are thrilled to welcome Arlene to the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce," officials said in the news release. "Her extensive experience in community and economic development, combined with her passion for advocacy and her love for animals, make her an excellent fit for our organization."

Hannah McIntyre can be reached at hmcintyre@wwub.com or 509-526-8301.

Business Reporter

Hannah McIntyre is the business reporter at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. She grew up in Athena, Oregon and spent a lot of time in Walla Walla. Hannah recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism and spent the last three years in Eugene. She’s glad to be home in Athena and excited to be writing about businesses and agriculture in the Walla Walla Valley. When Hannah isn’t working, she likes to read, take care of her plant collection and hang out with her dog.  

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