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News - September 2, 2011

Sandas resigns as Chamber of Commerce CEO

Palo Alto business group begins search for new leader

by Gennady Sheyner

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new leader after CEO Paula Sandas announced her plan to step down at the end of September.

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Posted by Ronna Devincenzi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:18 am

Paula did a terrific job of replacing Sandra Lonnquist & filling her large shoes. It was a joy for me to have been able to work with Paula, during the year of 2009.

In many ways, all of Palo Alto is better, as a result of Paula's excellent contributions, enthusiasm & support.

Posted by Barbara Gross, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

Paula accepted the challenge of leading the chamber out of a very messy time. She presented a strong direction, built coalitions and took finacial responsiblity for the viability of the group.
The business community and the city at large is better because of her service. We are most grateful.

Posted by Susan Frank, a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Paula did a stellar job for the last two years - she should be commended for her leadership. And the chamber is in good hands during this transition with Paul Wright, a superb chamber leader who also understands Palo Alto. I wish you the very best, Paula - thank you for keeping the chamber strong!

Posted by Susan Frank, a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Oops... I meant 2.5+ years! Time flies when you are having fun.

Posted by Georgie Gleim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Paula, you will be missed. The Chamber has made great strides with your leadership. Paul will do a good job of handling the transition, and it sounds as though you have an exciting opportunity in front of you. Good luck!

Posted by Joseph Kott, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Paula has been an tremendous asset to the Palo Alto community for a long time. Her new job advancing telework centers will contribute to better commuting condtions in the region, including within and to/from Palo Alto. Good luck, Paula!

Posted by Observer, a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

When Paula was on the Planning Commission I observed that she always voted for the developer. So she was well prepared to be on the Chamber of Commerce.

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