By Anne Ruisi
The Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director.
Emily Jensen will succeed Suzan Doidge, who is retiring after 14 years as the chamber’s executive director. Jensen came onboard July 5 and is working with Doidge until Doidge leaves at the end of September.
During the transition period, she is learning all aspects of the organization and meeting chamber members and community partners who’ve helped sustain the organization, she said. She also wants to build on Doidge’s accomplishments for the chamber.
“There are so many moving parts,” Jensen said.
As executive director, she will be in charge of membership development and communication, strategic planning and marketing, financial management and fundraising and general oversight.
Jensen’s business background includes 17 years in the banking industry, where she worked in managerial positions at Iberiabank and Regions Bank. Her most recent position prior to joining the Mountain Brook chamber was at First Horizons Bank, where she was private client relationship manager.
Her alma mater is the University of Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts.
Jensen is active in community service, which includes serving on the executive board of Childcare Resources. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Birmingham and served two terms on its junior executive board. She also participated in Children’s of Alabama Committee for The Future.
Chamber members who haven’t met Jensen may do so at the organization’s quarterly luncheon Aug. 2 at the Country Club of Birmingham. The featured speaker will be Jennifer Ryan, founder and owner of the restaurant Blueroot and creator of the Croux app, which helps restaurants fill shifts quickly with local talent. Tickets are available until July 31 at www.mtnbrookchamber.org.