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By Lookout Staff

June 3, 2022 -- For the first time in 14 years, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has a new president after Judy Kruger -- a business and economic development specialist -- assumed the post on Wednesday.

A Santa Monica resident, Kruger served most recently as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
Judy Kruger

Kruger has an extensive background in business and "has demonstrated her expertise in economic development and her understanding on how to support and grow businesses," Chamber officials said.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Kruger join us at the Chamber," said Michael Ricks, chamber board's chair and CEO Providence Saint John's Health Center.

"Her extensive economic and business experience will benefit our City, regional community, and Chamber members as we support our growing local business community,” Ricks said.

Judy Kruger (Courtesy Chamber of Commerce)

At the LAEDC, Kruger led business councils and industry cluster development in clean energy transportation and zero electric vehicles (ZEVs), mobility, digital media, entertainment and aerospace and space "through successful business growth strategies," officials said.

Before joining LAEDC, Kruger ran her own small business that provided consulting services to companies seeking to grow in international markets.

She also had leadership roles in various companies and non-profit member-driven organizations, officials said.

“Santa Monica is a world class city and with Ms. Kruger’s knowledge and experience, the Chamber is positioned to expand advocacy regionally while advocating for our local businesses," said former councilmember Greg Morena, the chamber's incoming chair.

"We will be an integral part of creating a thriving business climate that generates jobs, benefits local residents and serves our global community,” Morena said.

Kruger was selected after a "rigorous search with many highly qualified candidates," Chamber officials said. She succeeds Laurel Rosen, who retired after serving as president since October 2007.

“I look forward to working with local businesses, city leaders and our community as we focus on strengthening our chamber to serve and support Chamber members," Kruger said in a statement.

"I appreciate the confidence of the Chamber Board and am eager to get started,” she said.

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