African American Chamber of Commerce Introduces New Leaders



The Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC), will host the Chairman’s Reception at the Coliseum Lexus in Oakland on Thursday, July 28 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., to introduce the chamber’s new leaders.



The new leaders are: Chairman Dr. Charley Hames, Jr., senior pastor at Beebe Memorial Church; Vice-Chair Shonda Scott, owner of consulting firm 360 Total Concept; President Cheryl Perry-League, former executive director of the Port of Oakland; and Treasurer Hilliard C. Terry III, Executive Vice President and CFO of Textainer.


“It is truly an honor to be a part of this leadership group,” said Chairman Dr. Charley Hames Jr. ”The chairman’s reception gives us the opportunity to share our exciting vision regarding the future of the Oakland chamber and its members”


Created in 2003, the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to protect, represent and support the interests of its more than 400 business associates and members.


The chamber positions itself as a facilitator between business and government to encourage change, providing economic, social, and environmental benefits throughout Oakland and beyond.


The chamber is committed to supporting the development of businesses and promoting Oakland as a global business hub.


Other members of the chamber’s executive committee include chamber founder Bishop Bob Jackson; Chairman Emeritus Ray Carlisle; Board Secretary Robert Harris Esq.; Founding member Victoria Jones; Valeria Lewis Esq.; Public Affairs Chair Melanie Shelby; OAACC Foundation Chair Merlin Edwards; Commissioner Ces Butner; and former Vice Chair Dr. Eleanor Ramsey.


“As business continues to grow in Oakland, the chamber will play a vital role in advancing the inclusion of local businesses in the development of the economic landscape of our city”, says Vice Chair Shonda Scott.


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