New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce selects new executive director

Christopher Short

The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring and Executive Committees have named Christopher Short to serve as the organization’s new executive director. He replaces former New Paltz Chamber director Jen Roe, who resigned recently after only a year at the helm.

“I feel like I can speak for everyone on the board and staff here at the Chamber about our excitement for Christopher Short to start his next journey with us as our new executive director,” said Sheila Gilday, New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Board chairperson. “He is a dynamic and innovative individual that brings years of marketing, project management, fiscal oversight, leadership and presentation skills to the table. This will not only allow for the Chamber to reach its goals of better serving our membership and our community, but he’ll also be instrumental to help each and every one of our members succeed with his breadth of knowledge.”

Short has been a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley and has served on several advisory boards and committees that have invested in the future workforce of Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. He has also been a part of several program initiatives that have played a key role in the success of local businesses, community organizations and educational institutions.


For over 20 years, Short has worked with international corporations, small to mid-sized businesses and non-profit organizations educating others in the aspects of complex communication and leadership. This experience has given him the skills to identify how individuals learn and share knowledge effectively and how that shared knowledge strengthens individual work teams and businesses alike.

“I am excited for the opportunity to nurture, promote and expand business growth in New Paltz and the surrounding area,” Short said. “I look forward to working with the entire Chamber team, community leaders and partnering organizations to bring new opportunities for business growth and innovative programming that provides real value to the community.”

Short began his tenure as the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director on Tuesday September 3.

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