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May 22, 2015 - Bakersfield, CA – The Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce Board announces Tomeka Powell as the new President/CEO.   Tomeka replaces Nick Hill who has accepted a position as Regional Director of the California Black Chamber.   As President/CEO, Tomeka will lead the organization in support of our mission to serve as a community wide resource that facilitates and serves as an advocate for creation, development growth and the general welfare of the African American community.  Tomeka start date is June 1, 2015.


Prior to joining the Chamber, Powell served as a district representative for California State Senator Andy Vidak. Powell is an active member of Bakersfield Rotary East, the Bakersfield Chapter of Links, Inc., Professional Women’s Network of Kern County, and the Kern County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture. She has previously been a candidate for Bakersfield City Council, Ward 1, a District 5 Representative on the Kern County Human Relations Commission, and has previously served on the chamber’s board. Powell has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from CSU Bakersfield.


“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the woman to lead the Black Chamber into another decade of service.” said Powell. “This is a new season for the chamber and its membership. I am honored to be a part of such change and look forward to the future of this promising organization.”


"We had a number of qualified candidates who shared the future vision of the Chamber. Tomeka Powell impressed the interview committee with leadership, education, legislative, community involvement and  professional experience necessary to lead this organization into a new chapter. " said Diane Williams, Vice Chair of the Chamber.


“I would like to thank everyone on the selection committee for their patience and diligence in this selection process. Tomeka’s experience and enthusiasm makes her an excellent choice for the President/CEO position. I look forward to working with her and seeing the positive changes that are to come.” Fred Prince, Chairman of the Board.


The Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce and the KCBCC Development Foundation were established in 2002 to advocate for the creation, development and economic growth of low to moderate income communities and African American commerce in Kern County. The chamber works to create networking opportunities for members as well as promote a business-friendly environment and provide access to resources that improve the capacity and competitiveness of local businesses.

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