Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO
Jessica Walker is president and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. She is a public policy expert who has advocated on behalf of New York City residents, neighborhoods and businesses for more than 15 years -- with successes in every role taken on. Her work has made an indelible imprint on the city that she loves. In 2016 she was included on City & State's "Manhattan Power 50" list, which ranks the most powerful community leaders who live and work in the borough.
Before joining the Chamber, Jessica was Vice President for Government Affairs at the Partnership for New York City, an organization that represents the city’s major corporate employers. She served as the chief liaison between elected officials and the city’s business leaders and as a policy analyst/advisor/writer for the organization's influential CEO. The objective was to advance pro-growth policies and forge public-private partnerships that strengthen New York City’s economy and create jobs.
Prior to that, Jessica was a leading advocate for elderly New Yorkers. At the New York Academy of Medicine she oversaw the launch of Age-friendly New York City, a public-private initiative designed to make the city a better place in which to grow old. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg implemented 59 policy improvements based on this work, such as lengthening the time allotted for pedestrians to cross street intersections.
Jessica also served as a policy analyst at United Neighborhood Houses of New York, an association of settlement houses and community centers throughout the five boroughs. There, she led the organization's research, advocacy and policy work on issues relating to older adults and their social service needs. She was the chief architect of a successful pilot program that increased utilization of geriatric mental health services and also authored a groundbreaking report that dramatically heightened the city’s response to the high numbers of New York seniors aging alone and “at risk” of becoming socially isolated.
Jessica was raised on the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico, attended Princeton University and is now a proud resident of Harlem.