• Austin LGBT Chamber Committees

  • We need you! 

    One of the best ways to get involved and expand your network is through committees. We work together to solve problems and impact change in our community from advocating business policies to events and so much more! 


    Committees and their composition and areas of responsibilities are listed below:

    Advocacy and Public Policy Committee

    This committee will research ordinances, regulations, and propositions at the local, state and national levels that will impact the LGBTQ business community. It will recommend positions to take to the board who will then vote on whether to adopt the recommendations. 
    Chair: Valerie Salinas-Davis

    Federal Advocacy

    We are an affiliate chamber with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and support the following:

    1. Increasing diversity and inclusion for LGBT owned businesses.
    2. Promote International Trade and broad based economic advancement and empowerment of the global LGBT community.
    3. Implementation of pro-business, LGBT-inclusive policies at all levels of government.
    4. Study and distribution of LGBT Data and our community's impact to the economy.
    5. Develop Workforce and Leadership of LGBT Employees.

    State Advocacy

    On the state level, we formed a coalition with the other LGBT Chambers of Commerce in Texas (North Texas, Houston and San Antonio) and partnered with the Texas Association of Business on many initiatives in order to defeat the discriminatory and anti-business bathroom bill during the 2017 Legislature.   

    Local Advocacy

    We support the adoption of rules and regulations that promote economic growth and equity with relevant public agencies such as City of Austin, Travis County, Capital Metro, and independent school districts. For example, in 2015 we supported and worked on with various community stakeholders on a gender neutral bathroom ordinance for the City of Austin.

    In 2016, we initiated the MECA (Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance) Business Dialogues with each Council Member of the City of Austin so that businesses in each district have the opportunity to meet with their city representative. After the tragic shooting in Orlando, we worked with the Austin Police Department on solutions to ensure the safety of our LGBT businesses and customers.  This led to training for business owners and an update to how the police force patrolled the downtown district with specialization of LGBT business areas.

    In 2018, we advocated for housing, infrastructure and transportation bonds to help move Austin forward. All of which passed with voter support. 

    For  2019:

    • We are working to secure a land development code rewrite that allows for multiple housing types across the city. 
    • We are supportive of transit options that reduce single occupancy vehicle use and move move people through this city efficiently. 
    • We are supportive of the recent unanimous Council action on an expanded convention center that also creates a funding mechanism for homelessness services.

    Need some LGBT community information training? Experiencing an issue that is impacting your business? Reach out to us as we can speak to your group and may be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.

    Ambassador Committee

    Ambassadors are chamber members committed to welcoming new members and strengthening the bonds of membership! They attend orientations, ribbon cuttings and mixers. They are so special that they get their pictures on our website. They let people know about our programs and resources, and act as a buddy for new members, reaching out to the new member, personally inviting them to an upcoming event, and introducing them to other members. This committee will also review ALGBTCC’s membership numbers and structure. It's goal is to support the chamber's membership goals as outlined in our strategic plan. It will review ALGBTCC's membership structure and recommend changes as appropriate. It will also drive partnerships and collaborations to increase membership. Serving as an ambassador is a pathway to serving on the board.

    Chair: Hunter Coleman

    Health & Wellness Committee

    This committee will map out strategies to convene healthcare providers to impact the health and wellness of LGBT Austin. We focus on employee wellness and healthcare advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. We act as a resource and neutral forum for the entire community, both patients and providers through advocacy, education and connections. 

    LGBT topics in medicine are those that relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's health issues and access to health services. According to the US Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), besides HIV/AIDS, issues related to LGBT health include breast and cervical cancer, hepatitis, mental health, substance abuse, tobacco use, depression, access to care for transgender persons, issues surrounding marriage and family recognition, conversion therapy, and refusal clause legislation, and laws that are intended to "immunize health care professionals from liability for discriminating against persons of whom they disapprove. Studies show that LGBT people experience health issues and barriers related to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression. Many avoid or delay care or receive inappropriate or inferior care because of perceived or real homophobia or transphobia, and discrimination by health care providers and institutions; in other words, negative personal experience, the assumption or expectation of negative experience based on knowing of history of such experience in other LGBT people, or both.

    Chair: Open

    Contact info@austinLGBTChamber.com to join

    Programs and Communications Committee

    This committee is tasked with strategies for securing funding for ALGBTCC, keeping in mind our current programs. It will review ALGBTCC’s sponsorship structure, identify potential donors and corporate partners, and ensure that our communication reflects our mission and programs. This committee also oversees our major events; Austin LGBT Biz Day, BigGay Kick Off Party, Business of Pride Awards, PROUD! Gala, SAVOR - A Taste of LGBT Austin, and our monthly networking events as these have fundraising goals and therefore sponsorship drives.  This committee will also provide feedback to the board and staff on new outreach initiatives like Queer People of Color in Business, Pride in Business Roundtable and the Young Professionals group.

    Chair: Open

    Supplier Diversity Committee

    Formally the LGBTBE Committee, this group is directed with increasing programming and growth in the numbers of certified LGBT Business Enterprise businesses through education of resources and value while delivering more training vital for certified businesses. This committee will also review ALGBTCC’s sponsorship structure, identifying potential new corporate partners.

    Chair: Mia Parton

     

    Employee Resource Committee (ERG Roundtable)

    The Chamber acts as a convener of existing and new ERG groups to provide a forum for education and awareness supporting the professional growth of LGBT  individuals by fostering a safe environment within their companies/businesses for individuals to be authentic in the workplace.

    Chair: Liz Baloutine

     

    Coming soon:

    • Transportation & Land Use Committee

    Interested in serving on any Chamber committees? Complete this online application.

    Want to spin up a new committee or serve on one of the "coming soon" committees? Email us at info@austinLGBTchamber.com