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    Contact: Alicia Carney, Chairman of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors  alicia@nantucketdreamland.org or (508) 228-1700



    Nantucket, MA 15 March 2021 — The officers and directors of Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce have selected Robin Kirk, presently of central Florida, to lead the Chamber as its new President & CEO. Following a thorough and diligent evaluation of more than 200 candidates, Kirk was selected as the optimal choice and will commence the position on 15 April 2021. Kirk spent several years residing and working on Nantucket and last left the island in 2013 to pursue furthering her education, fully intending to return and serve its community.

    While pursuing a doctorate, Kirk focused on aligning her research and doctoral objectives with a commitment to sustainability in tourism and hospitality; she plans to implement best standards, practices of and engagement with the US Chamber of Commerce and adding value for Chamber members. Kirk previously served in AmeriCorps and Teach for America where she worked to address community needs and engagement with a focus on partnerships and youth education. Kirk also worked closely with Habitat for Humanity, City Year, The United Way and STEM Alliances focusing on strengthening partnerships between for profit and nonprofit sectors. Kirk holds a Master of Science degree from John Hopkins University and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from Loyola University. “I consider this opportunity an honor and feel privileged to serve the highly valued members of Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce and island residents so deeply appreciated and loved,” said Kirk. 

    Chamber Board Chairman Alicia Carney said, “The members of the Chamber’s Search Committee have worked diligently to ensure we found the best possible fit to lead the Chamber into the future. After thoughtful and careful review of more than 200 candidates, the Committee is confident it identified an ideal fit in selecting Robin Kirk as the new President & CEO. We feel confident Robin will seamlessly assimilate into this community and support and strengthen relationships with the Chamber’s membership, stakeholders, sponsors, and community members. On behalf of our membership and business community, we aim to strengthen the Chamber’s pro-business initiatives and advocate for policies with local, state, and national partners that will help grow our island economy.

    After the previous president/CEO’s departure on 1 October 2020, Melissa Murphy became the Chamber’s acting Interim President/CEO. Murphy, a local entrepreneur, will now return to her own endeavors. Alicia Carney observed, “On behalf of the Chamber’s Board of Director’s and myself, I proudly acknowledge and express gratitude to Melissa Murphy, Interim President & CEO since October 2020, for her exemplary work and tireless dedication to advancing the Chamber’s mission and new initiatives with planned future implementation. Melissa led this organization as Interim during one of the most challenging economic climates this island has ever faced. She did so with poise, resilience and professionalism.” 

    About Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce: Nantucket Chamber of Commerce is charged with supporting its diverse and thriving business community and promoting domestic and international tourism to the island, where tourism is one of its chief industries. As one of Massachusetts’ 16 regional tourism councils, the Chamber is responsible for implementing wide-ranging tourism marketing and public and travel trade relations initiatives under the direction of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.