Glenn Hamer

President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Glenn Hamer has been president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006. He has overseen the organization’s development into one of the most respected pro-business public policy entities in the state. In 2011, Hamer led the business community’s successful advocacy for passage of a landmark economic competitiveness package, which was hailed as the most significant job creation legislation passed in the state in a generation. Glenn currently represents the Arizona Chamber on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee and Committee of 100, and is a member of the board for the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Council on Economic Education. He is also Vice Chair of the Arizona Charter Schools Association, a member of Arizona Ready Education Council, and recently served as Co-Chair of Governor Brewer’s Solar Energy Task Force. In 2013, Glenn was named a Most Admired Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal, and  in both 2013 and 2014 Glenn was named Best Powerbroker by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Hamer has significant experience in energy policy. Before coming to Arizona, Hamer served as executive director of the Solar Energy Industries Association, where he advocated for the return of a residential solar tax credit, strong federal budgets for solar research and development and meaningful state policies to promote solar. Later, Hamer became director of business development and government relations for First Solar.

Other positions Hamer has held in his career include chief of staff to former Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party during a winning U.S. Senate race and as a legislative assistant to Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, where he worked on issues ranging from identity theft, to violent crime to intellectual property reforms.

Hamer is a graduate of Cornell University‘s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Arizona State University‘s College of Law. Hamer lives in Scottsdale with his wife and three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys tennis and learning Hebrew from his three bilingual daughters.

Glenn can be reached at ghamer@azchamber.com.