Clem has experience with local and state government legislative affairs, small business administration, economic development projects, as well as membership and association management. He previously served as the Director of the Oregon Department of Aviation, and as a Salem City Councilor for Ward 8 for more than 10 years. Most recently, he served as the legislative affairs coordinator for the Oregon State Chambers of Commerce.
“We’re excited to have such a long-standing community servant with a passion for our region and our mission,” said Salem Chamber Board President Brent DeHart.
“I am excited how strong this Chamber of Commerce is, in membership and community leadership,” said Clem. “We are about people earning a good living, developing future leaders and qualified employees, advocating for our businesses, and leading the charge in future planning and quality of life in the Salem area. I sit on the shoulders of giants before me – and am grateful for the trust and confidence that Chamber leadership has in me.”
Clem replaces Jason Brandt, who stepped down earlier this year to take the position of President and CEO at the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.
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The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 1,300 business members which employ over 35,000 Oregonians in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors and professional staff, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for business, community, and economic prosperity.