Tammy Carnrike

Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber

Tammy J. Carnrike is the chief operating officer at the Detroit Regional Chamber, a position she has held since August 2006. In this role, she has overall responsibility for high-profile convening and signature events programming including the Mackinac Policy Conference. Carnrike also oversees leadership development initiatives, development of diversity and inclusion, defense industry, and business solution strategies and initiatives, corporate governance oversight, major investor relationships, oversight of strategic partnerships and affinity programs, as well as day-to-day leadership in support of the president and CEO.

Prior to coming to Detroit, Carnrike was the president and CEO of a Chamber in New York State and successfully led the Chamber, a 501(c)3 foundation, an economic development corporation, and industrial development agency.

A leader in chamber management for more than 20 years, Carnrike has served in several national leadership positions including chairman of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management Board of Trustees. She also served as faculty for the Institute, teaching chamber and association professionals.

Carnrike served as Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), serving the professional development of individuals managing chambers of commerce throughout the United States and Canada – a post held only by four women in the history of the organization. She has also served as president of the Chamber Alliance of New York State and Chairman of the National Association for Membership Development.

Carnrike has achieved the highest professional designation of Certified Chamber Executives, which is held by only 575 Chamber professionals nationwide. She was presented with the “Excellence Leadership” award by the Chamber Alliance of New York State, the “Chairman’s Professional Leadership” award from ACCE, and the “Woman of Distinction” award by New York State.

In 2018, Carnrike became the first woman selected to represent Michigan as the newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM); a member of the following – Governance Committee’s “Protect and Grow: A Strategic Plan for Michigan’s Defense and Homeland Security Economy;” Michigan Advisory Committee of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; National Rainmakers Council for metropolitan chambers of commerce; additionally she serves as a board member for Macomb Feed the Needy and Citizen Detroit.

She has been recognized as a “Woman Who Leads” honoree by WJR News Talk 760 AM, a “Powered by Women” honoree by DBusiness Magazine, a “Power Player” by Ambassador Magazine, and included in Dbusiness Magazine’s “Detroit 500 Most Powerful Leaders” for the past two years.


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