When Whitney Diver McEvoy joined the Yountville Chamber of Commerce in 2016 as president  and   CEO,    her first goal was to rebuild the Chamber into an organization that could truly make a difference in the community. “This began with listening and learning from our members, rebuilding our board of directors, hiring professional staff, creating  a  strategic plan, delivering a real value proposition for our members, and much more,” said Diver McEvoy. “It was hard; it took two years to get these elements right. But once we did, we were able to soar.” Today, the Yountville Chamber’s goals focus on ensuring an outstanding quality of life for residents and maintaining Yountville and the Napa Valley’s strength and vitality. Key has been Diver McEvoy’s leadership in the countywide ‘wear a mask’ campaign. “I am proud of how collaborative our business community and government agencies have been during this pandemic.  In  the  Town of Yountville, cooperative efforts enabled us to come up with creative solutions  such as the business transitional support program that allowed our tasting rooms, restaurants and retails to move operations outside back in April.” Diver McEvoy loves walking through town, stopping and chatting along the way with Yountville residents and business owners. “I’ve worked in large cities  before,  and  that type of connectivity isn’t there. I believe in active communication with our members and the community and I  work hard to be a trusted resource.   If   we   are   doing it right,  we  are  sitting  at  the intersection of helping businesses succeed and our community to thrive.”

Article By: Fran Miller