John Bwarie selected to lead the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce

By Glenn Barnett

John Bwarie, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce new CEO.


The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce recently announced the appointment of John Bwarie as its new CEO, to help lead the chamber into the post pandemic era of revitalization and community engagement. John replaces long-time CEO Sharon Gibbs who retired on September 1.

John has a longstanding relationship with the city, its businesses, and residents. He applied for his first city business license in Alhambra when he began leading food tours to support small businesses and help community members discover the historic nature of the city. Later on, he was responsible for bringing renowned earthquake scientist Dr. Lucy Jones to the Alhambra City Council to raise awareness of seismic risks. This Spring, John was tapped to lead Alhambra’s inaugural housing summit. 

When asked about his vision for the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, John said, “In bringing in this new era of economic opportunity, I look forward to working alongside the diverse business owners and the City to create an environment where businesses thrive and community members continue to be proud to call Alhambra home.” He went on to say, “Working with Chamber leadership, I intend to grow the resources available to the business community and help support the community wide vision for economic prosperity and greater civic connectivity.”

Over his career in government and community service, John has worked throughout Los Angeles County on issues related to economic development, with a special focus on supporting businesses and non-profits in the San Fernando Valley for more than a decade. Most recently, John created L.A. Sandwich Week and a downloadable sandwich guide to encourage residents to support local eateries across L.A. County, including Bánh Mì Mỹ Tho on West Valley Blvd. here in Alhambra. 

Among his regional and national endeavors, John created The Great Shakeout, which had more than 60 million global participants in 2019 and California Clean Air Day, an annual day of action to address air pollution. Before the pandemic, John was an invited speaker at the United Nations, presenting on new ways that businesses around the globe can work with their local communities. 

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, John attended Loyola High School and UC San Diego where he studied sociology and education. John and his wife enjoy the many dining options in Alhambra, which he says is “the icing on the cake to working in an enviable culinary destination like Alhambra.”


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