Allie Williams brings more than 20 years’ experience as an association executive spending time at the helm of the Title VII Administrators Association, and Corporate Responsibility Association. He was the Director of Organizational Development at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and Director of the Office of Chamber of Commerce Relations at the United States Chamber of Commerce.
During his years in the Chamber of Commerce community, Williams developed and implemented first-class products and services related to membership structures, event management, leadership training, advocacy, and economic development. He built rapport and strong relationships with leaders from thousands of State, Metropolitan and Local Chambers across the United States and Canada.
Williams is a passionate and dedicated professional committed to engaging with the community, empowering businesses to thrive and applies creative processes that will continue to lead the Greater Bethesda Chamber and shape its future.
Williams, a native of Bethesda, earned his IOM from the U.S. Chamber in 2000, completed Leadership Montgomery in 2005 and has won various membership development honors from ACCE, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and Million Dollar Circle Award. He enjoys spending time with his family in Bethany Beach, DE, playing all the golf he can, volunteering some of his time to enhancing communities and cheering on his beloved Washington Capitals. He is married to Grace Karmiol and together, they have three growing children.
Allie is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the Chamber. He is primarily involved in the strategic development, implementation and administration of all major programs related to local policy issues and the economic development of the Greater Bethesda area.
Contact Allie about:
- Issues that are affecting your business
- Local, state or federal legislation
- Metro and transportation issues
- Senior Market Group and their events/programs
- Economic Development and Real Estate Committees
- Chamber and community leadership opportunities
- CEO MindTrusts and Roundtables
- Sponsoring the Chamber and the Forum Club
Staff Liaison to Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Task Force, Economic Development Group, Real Estate Group, Senior Market Group, MindTrusts, Health Care and Non-profit Roundtables and Goodwill Dinner Committee.
Carla is a proud Bethesda resident, by way of Baltimore, Maryland. Her passion for community engagement and building new relationships led her to become a valued member of the Chamber's NextExecs committee. Carla brings 20 plus years of experience in client relations and business development.
Carla earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2003. Throughout her career she has received awards for her achievements in performance and leadership and makes time to volunteer on various committees that are centered around community engagement. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking and baking, and practicing her Yoga. On the weekends you can either find her at one of her favorite wineries or cheering on her favorite football team, The Baltimore Ravens. Carla is the youngest to parents Mark and Cheryl Young and a proud dog mom to her Yorkies, Coco, and Sophie.
Carla is responsible for the membership and member relations of the Chamber.
Contact Carla about:
- Interest in becoming a member
- Member benefits
- Member feedback
- Membership TLC
- Chamber Connect (formerly Chamber 101)
-Cultural Roundtable Group
-Women's Networking Group
- Member 2 Member discounts
Director Marketing Communications & Events
Director Marketing Communications & Events
Clarissa Harris is a marketing, communications, and events executive, having worked in all three areas for the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, Georgia, at PYMNTS.com, and as the owner of her own consultancy, Kingfisher Content. Originally from Atlanta, Clarissa moved to the D.C. area in 2010, then spent several years living in Singapore before returning to Bethesda. Clarissa has also lived in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.
Clarissa has been a Rotarian since 2011; She is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle and is currently a member of The Metro Bethesda Rotary Club. Clarissa enjoys spending time hiking, kayaking, and traveling with her husband, Andrew and their children. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with and serve our community through the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce.
Contact Clarissa about:
- Event planning and details
- Sponsorship for Events
- Newsletter (ChamberWatch)
- Ad space in newsletter
- Member news
- Social Media
- Blog posts
- Video highlights on members