Sheela Murthy appointed Chairman, Board of Directors, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

First Asian American to lead the Board.

By Raif Karerat

Sheela Murthy, Murthy Law Firm, Owings Mills, Maryland. Photo credit: Bala Chandran.
Sheela Murthy, Murthy Law Firm, Owings Mills, Maryland. Photo credit: Bala Chandran.

WASHINGTON, DC: Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the nation’s leading immigration law firm, Murthy Law Firm, is slated to take over as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. The reigns will formally be transitioned to Murthy on May 5 at the BWI Hilton.

Murthy’s appointment marks the first time an Indian American or Asian American has served as Chairman of the Maryland Chamber Board and only the second time that a woman would lead the Board.

Working with the Board members and the staff at the Chamber, Murthy intends to continue the Chamber’s work in making Maryland a “global leader in innovation and technology.”

“The priorities of the new position will require us to focus on making Maryland the best that it can be for the benefit of all,” Murthy said in an official statement, to The American Bazaar. “Towards that end, we want to have all local Chambers of Commerce unite under the Maryland Chamber, as we are the leading voice for business in Maryland,” she continued.

Murthy recognizes that her role is to simply be an agent for a greater cause, according to Baltimore Citybizlist.

“We will continue to do the amazing work that the Chamber does with its pro-business lobbying activities to help every business owner and every business with laws and regulations that will spur economic development in our State,” stated Murthy. “Our goal is to help Maryland State legislators who may have the best of intentions for the State and its inhabitants, but not the experience in running a company or a business, to understand the impact of their laws.”

One manner in which Murthy aims to pick up the slack is taking charge of the Chamber’s Maryland Chamber Foundation, “that has apparently never been used.” Murthy’s goal for the Chamber is to reinvigorate the dormant foundation so it can focus on providing benefits for members like educational activities and discussions through the Business Policy Conference.

“At the end of the day, we are all in this together. [The Chamber] can help Maryland and every business in our great State. For this, everyone needs to work together and really want to make a difference. We can help in this process,” said Murthy in her statement.

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