Executive Vice President
Chris Kershner is the Executive Vice President for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Chris has an extensive background in state, federal and municipal government – previously serving on staff for the City of Kettering, the United States Senate and the Ohio Speaker of the House.
Raised and educated in the Dayton area, Chris is able to apply his knowledge of the governmental process and economic development experience to benefit the business community in the Dayton region. Chris oversees public policy and government affairs, business and economic development, and the business training and development programming of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Serving as the chief lobbyist for the chamber on legislative initiatives, Chris directs the chamber’s involvement in Ramp-Up – the Dayton region’s federal, state and local transportation advocacy initiative that has realized over $1.02 billion in secured transportation funding for the Dayton region.
Chris was appointed in 2011 by Ohio Governor John Kasich to serve on the Ohio Department of Transportation TRAC (Transportation Review & Advisory Council). Chris serves in Washington D.C., on The Washington Center Alumni Advisory Board and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Committee. Locally, Chris volunteers as the Vice President of the Dayton Regional STEM School Board of Trustees.
Chris is a member and certified lobbyist with the Ohio Lobbying Association and is a registered lobbyist with the State of Ohio. Chris earned his BA in Political Science from Wright State University and his Masters of Public Administration from Walden University. Additionally, Chris is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management, a 2007 Leadership Dayton graduate and is a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives.
Chris resides in Springboro, Ohio with his wife, Lori and daughters Morgan and Tatum.