The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) announced today it is hiring Joe Grace, a government affairs and communications professional with extensive experience in city affairs, to serve as the Chamber’s Director of Public Policy.
Grace, 53, will serve in a position designed to take advantage of his experience in legislative affairs and communications in the city. He will act as the Chamber’s chief lobbyist in City Council and with Mayor Nutter’s administration, and focus his energies and work on city legislation and issues impacting the business community.
Joe Grace will report to and work closely with Joseph W. Mahoney, Jr., the Chamber’s Executive Vice President, who oversees the Chamber’s Public Policy activities at the federal, state and city levels.
Joe Grace previously served as communications director to Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street, and also served as deputy secretary for external affairs for the Street Administration, focusing on relations with City Council. Grace subsequently developed statewide communications and external affairs experience as executive director of CeaseFirePA, a non-profit gun violence prevention policy organization. Prior to his public service, he was a journalist for the Philadelphia Daily News, among other news organizations. Grace is also an attorney who graduated from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. His undergraduate degree was in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University.
“We are thrilled to have such an experienced professional join our team and assist in our efforts to promote free enterprise and economic growth,” said Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m honored to join the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce,” Grace said. “Having worked in journalism, government and the non-profit sector, I believe I can bring those experiences and perspectives to work as the Chamber’s representative on city issues. I’m delighted to have the chance to work with Joe Mahoney, Rob Wonderling, and the entire team of the premier advocate for our region’s business community.”