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L.A. Area Chamber Executives Receive Prestigious Fellowships

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that two members of its leadership team have received nationally recognized fellowships in key program areas.  VP of Leadership Programs Kevin Cottrell was awarded with a 2008 American Marshall Memorial Fellowship (AAMF) from the German Marshall Fund (GMF).  VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison was selected by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) as a Fellow in the Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development program.

“The Chamber congratulates Cottrell and Garrison for securing these prestigious fellowships,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.  “We’re very proud that members of our leadership team are being recognized and that they are taking the initiative to convene, lead and facilitate approaches to economic and community development across our country and around the world.”

Cottrell, who has been with the L.A. Area Chamber since 2006, is responsible for all program activities of the Southern California Leadership Network, a partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  Cottrell was one of 50 to receive the GMF American fellowship award given each year to leaders in politics, government, business, media and the nonprofit sector who are committed to strengthening transatlantic relationships. Cottrell will travel to Europe in June 2008, to meet with civic leaders in Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Montenegro and Germany.  Cottrell will host a blog to document his experience available at

Beginning this fall, Garrison, who leads the Chamber’s public policy department, will meet with other Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development program Fellows to learn about the key concepts, policies and practices that support regional approaches to creating long-term, competitive economies.  During the course of the Fellowship, Garrison will craft a “regional action plan” that will outline strategies to tackle a specific regional challenge to sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

GMF is a nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe.

Representing more than 6,000 professionals, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber executives and their staffs through education, trend analysis, benchmarking, and best practices. ACCE promotes the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity within the chamber profession.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.
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