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At a Special Board Meeting held April 12th, the 2022 Board of Directors unanimously approved the hiring of Jana Modena to be the next Executive Director and CEO of the Benicia Chamber of Commerce. Modena has been a valuable resource to both the Benicia and Vallejo Chambers of Commerce as she was the Solano Senior Field Representative for California State Assemblymember Tim Grayson. She has been a critical liaison between local, state, and federal officials and businesses to Assemblymember Tim Grayson. Modena brings a vast network of legislative contacts and knowledge to our Chamber.

As an experienced manager, event coordinator, and marketing professional, Modena’s leadership and volunteer enthusiasm has garnered her local recognition and awards from the Napa/Solano Labor Council – Labor Activism Award (2019), Jelly Belly Volunteer of the Year (2015), Leaven Community Champion (2015), and Girl Scouts Outstanding Volunteer award (2012).

“For the last few years in my current position with Assemblymember Grayson, I have worked with Benicia leaders and groups. When I heard about this opportunity, I was so excited as I can bring a varied background to Benicia. I am so excited to start promoting businesses in Benicia and look forward to this new opportunity.

Since mid-April of 2020, the Chamber has been led and ran by the Board of Directors, who are all volunteers. With intermediate help from temporary staff and other volunteers throughout our Chamber, we have been able ensure our members received the critical information through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chamber and Modena are excited to begin this new chapter together! 2022 Chair of the Board, Carey Morgan (Sailor Jack’s) stated “Jana brings a perfect blend of community engagement and business experience to the role of Executive Director. The Benicia Chamber is fortunate to have her join our team as we continue to grow and move forward.”

Modena is set to begin Monday, June 6th, 2022. Please join the Benicia Chamber of Commerce in congratulating and welcoming our new Executive Director and CEO Jana Modena. For any questions regarding this press release, please contact the Chamber at