The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of Rick Wade as vice president of strategic alliances and outreach. In his new role, Wade will develop and implement programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences. He will also provide counsel on policy issues and lead special projects.
“Rick’s wealth of knowledge enables him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and to share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system. We’re excited to welcome him to our talented team,” said Suzanne Clark, senior executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Wade served as the principal of The Wade Group. Previously, he served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke where he helped to expand opportunities for U.S. companies to sell their products in markets around the world. Wade was also a liaison to businesses, trade associations, and civic organizations as well as state and local governments. A senior advisor to the 2008 Obama for America campaign, he is a current member of the Democratic National Committee.
Wade is a former executive at Hoffman-La Roche and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. He also has professional experience at the South Carolina House of Representatives, Cabinet of the Governor, and the Government and Community Relations Office at the University of South Carolina.
Wade received his Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Benedict College and South Carolina State University.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.