Vanessa Milio announced Thursday she will resign as president and CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce to accept another leadership position in Maryland's nonprofit community.
Milio's departure comes after two years of service in which she advanced many of the organization's goals and helped strengthen Harford's greater business community, according to a news release from the organization.
"Vanessa has been an invaluable, motivated leader for our organization and Harford's greater business community. Her ability to advocate for business, build partnerships and drive the organization forward serves as a model for those who follow. While we are sorry to see her go, we are so very fortunate to have benefited from Vanessa's leadership. The chamber will build upon the progress over the past two years while continuing in its mission to advance the region's business interests," Robin Sommer, chair of the chamber's board, said in the news release.
During her tenure, Milio is credited with enhancing young member engagement, bolstering internal and external communications strategies and adding additional levels of transparency to the growing organization.
"It has been a privilege working shoulder to shoulder with so many dedicated professionals who care deeply about the vitality of Harford County. In today's very competitive, global environment, it is critical that America's chambers strive for world-class commitment and meaningful results – together, we have done that," Milio said. "I give much credit to the members and partners I've had the honor of working with and look forward to their continued progress."
Milio will leave her post March 9. Sommer, who will oversee chamber operations until a new chief executive is hired, appointed Brenda Morrison, chair elect, to lead the search committee for Milio's replacement. An official vacancy announcement is expected in March.