St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce Names New CEO

The St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce has named Cathy Juarez as their Chief Executive Officer beginning in September.

Juarez has a variety of marketing and leadership experience within the tourism, nonprofit and education sectors. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a Spanish minor from Louisiana State University.

Juarez has already crafted a 100-Day action plan to guide her first weeks within the role, and when asked about her new position Juarez says, “St. Bernard Parish is in the midst of a pivotal and exciting time. I look forward to working at the helm of the St. Bernard Chamber to effect positive change and further develop our thriving business community. Community involvement is one of my biggest passions, and I view the success of St. Bernard Parish as my success as well—I look forward to creating a positive and lasting impact.”

Juarez most recently worked as the Director of Admissions for Archbishop Chapelle High School, and has also worked for Visit Baton Rouge and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. Juarez has a passion for non-profits and leadership development, and has served in many volunteer leadership positions and boards in Louisiana. 

“We are excited that Cathy is joining the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce,” says Elizabeth Ellison-Frost, 2017 Chairman. “I know she will help us continue our vision to transform the Chamber into St. Bernard Parish’s most influential business organization.”

Juarez is a graduate of the LSU Executive Education John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Development Program, and her previous volunteer experience includes serving as the Vice President of Membership for Forum 35, Louisiana Marathon Tourism Liaison and Forum 35’s Reindeer Run 5K Event Chair.

The St. Bernard Chamber is a professional business organization committed to the representation and support of St. Bernard Parish. As a partner to the business community, the Chamber represents more than 190 businesses and organizations in St. Bernard Parish. Additionally, the Chamber engages in local, regional and state advocacy and economic development activities that impact the long-term growth and success of the community.