The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Brenda Kyle will be its next president.
Kyle, who goes by “B,” has been senior vice president of strategic development at the St. Paul Port Authority, where she has worked for 11 years. She also helped lead the Port Authority’s development team.
Kyle has been the project manager for one of the agency’s biggest recent developments: Treasure Island Center, which is replacing the former Macy’s building downtown. She has worked on many other high-profile projects, including CHS Field and Beacon Bluff. Before joining the Port Authority, Kyle worked in sales and financial services in the private sector.
“We realized early in the process that the Chamber President needed to be extremely nimble, with experience and demonstrated excellence in areas like strategic planning, leadership, business development, and staff development,” Jeff Pellegrom, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said in a statement. “We also knew it would be a huge bonus if they knew St. Paul and St. Paul knew them.”
More than 1,200 Twin Cities businesses, nonprofits and government organizations are members of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. It advocates for business interests and is a powerful voice on local political and development issues, such as St. Paul’s sick-leave ordinance and Ramsey County’s Rice Creek Commons project. It also weighs in on state and federal policies that affect the business community.
The previous chamber president, Matt Kramer, left the post in February after more than six years to become the University of Minnesota’s vice president for university and government relations. Mindee Kastelic, who has been the chamber’s director of member services, served as interim president.