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Missouri Chamber’s Kara Corches to serve as new Vice President of Governmental Affairs

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The Missouri Chamber’s Kara Corches, formerly Director of Legislative Affairs, has stepped into the role of Vice President of Governmental Affairs, the Missouri Chamber announced Thursday.

“This leadership role is very well deserved. Kara Corches has done an outstanding job representing the Missouri Chamber in the Capitol and establishing strong relationships with our members,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “We are proud of her efforts and many successes — legislative and beyond — for Missouri’s business community. We have high expectations for Kara as she assumes this new leadership role and we look forward to her continued successful advocacy for Missouri employers.”

Since joining the Missouri Chamber in 2019, Kara Corches has worked to protect and advance Missouri business by fighting for pro-jobs policy in the State Capitol. She advocates for a wide variety of employer issues including agriculture, education, energy, health care, technology and workforce development.

Most recently Corches launched the Missouri Chamber Tech Alliance, an initiative to unite Missouri’s technology community behind a statewide, data-driven, solutions-oriented strategy of policy and programs to maximize Missouri’s position as an emerging tech hub. This alliance has quickly grown into a strong coalition of business leaders working to educate the public and key decision-makers on the economic benefits of becoming a state that actively embraces technology and innovation, leads in research and development investment, and builds a long-term tech talent pipeline. Corches will continue to head up this effort.

Corches also serves on the United WE Women’s Economic Development Task Force, an effort to study issues related to women’s participation and advancement in the workforce and make policy recommendations to improve women’s economic wellbeing in Missouri.

Before joining the Missouri Chamber, Corches was chief lobbyist for the California Optometric Association in Sacramento for several years. She also worked in political affairs at the California Farm Bureau Federation. Prior to her entry into state-level politics and advocacy, Corches worked at the federal level in Washington, D.C. for the American Medical Association and a member of Congress. In her various roles, she has developed expertise in political action committee fundraising and management as well as mobilizing networks of grassroots advocates.

Corches earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento, where she conducted original research on Medicaid policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Baylor University.

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