The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce announced on Jan. 24 the selection and immediate appointment of Dave Coffaro as Interim Chief Executive Officer.
Coffaro brings extensive executive experience to the Chamber, including serving as head of International Trade Strategy for Bank of America. In 2018 and 2019, he was appointed as interim CEO of Irvine-based Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
“Dave’s strategic approach, financial leadership, and experience in Irvine will be instrumental in leading the Chamber forward,” said Lisa Thomas, chair of the Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors. “We have great confidence in Dave’s ability to serve the needs of our membership and positively impact the overall business community in the greater Irvine area.”
Coffaro will oversee the Chamber as it enters its 45th year of service to the Irvine community. During that time, the city has become among the nation’s leading innovation economies, home to one-third of Fortune 500 companies, 900 tech firms, a highly skilled workforce of more than 270,000, world-class hospitals, and educational institutions. It is also a thriving city for small business, having been named the No. 1 city in California to launch a company.
“Irvine’s economy is the envy of all California cities,” said Coffaro. “I’m honored to help guide this vital organization and help our members and the city continue to thrive.”
In addition to strategic planning, financial leadership, and member services, Coffaro will also guide the external functions of the Chamber to maintain and enhance value for membership.
“One of my first tasks—one I’m really excited about—is to meet with as many members and stakeholders as possible to understand the value the Greater Irvine Chamber brings to this community,” Coffaro said. “That starts Day One.”
Coffaro lives in Orange County and earned a Master of Business Administration in strategic management from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. He also taught strategic management and business policy at California State University, Fullerton. His community involvement includes serving as director and finance chair of Abound Food Care and as an executive coach with Executive Coaches of Orange County.