- Business Advocacy
By Suzi Dunkel-Soto, 2020-2021 Chamber Board president
I am so excited to serve as the Alhambra Chamber Board president for the 2020-2021 term.
Alhambra is the only place I have ever called home. In honor of my love for this city, my theme for this coming year is “No Place Like Home.”As a Realtor® I have the pleasure of helping others find their home. Many of the business owners in Alhambra are also Alhambra residents, those who do not reside in Alhambra refer to it as their second home. The City of Alhambra is such an amazing place to live because it is filled with diversity, culture, history, and outdoor spaces that foster community.
Since the pandemic and “safer at home” orders took place in March (our businesses and families have all been impacted), my plan is to sit with business owners to see how the Alhambra Chamber can help them stay strong.Being raised in Alhambra, I have seen the changes of this great city, businesses have come and gone, and community events have grown or transformed. I would like to revive some community events that I recall so fondly. I have some ideas up my sleeve. I plan to work with some of the Alhambra Commissions to engage the residents of Alhambra.
I will continue to work to strengthen the partnership between the Alhambra School District, City Hall, businesses, and residents. As president of the Alhambra Chamber, I will continue to advocate for legislative issues important to the business community, work with the residents of Alhambra for the businesses they want to see in Alhambra, and work with City Hall to bring those businesses to Alhambra.
I am a Realtor® with Keller Williams Realty. I served as the 2017 president with West San Gabriel Valley REALTORS®. I am a recent graduate of the National Association of REALTOR® Leadership Academy Class of 2018. I am a recipient of the 2015 WSGVR Good Neighbor Award, 2016 WSGVR Presidents Award, and 2016 WSGVR REALTOR® of the Year Award. As a California State and National REALTOR® director, I advocate on many legislative and regulatory issues, continuing to champion for home and land ownership, affordable housing, and housing for all.
I serve on the boards of Peace Over Violence Advisory, Alhambra High PTA, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, and Alhambra Rotary Club. I am an Auxiliary member of the American Legion Post and a Maryvale Orphanage Leadership Committee member. My passion and hobby is being a platelet donor with American Red Cross and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, giving the gift of life!
My mission is to empower the community of Alhambra, its businesses and its residents, through communication, action, and compassion. I look forward to seeing you all at Chamber and community events.
President, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce