More About Our President/CEO - Chanda Ryan
Chanda is a graduate of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and has lived in Navarre since 2000 when she and her family relocated from Alabama after her husband, Jim, accepted a teaching/coaching position at Fort Walton Beach High School. Chanda and Jim have two adult children: Rachel and Trace.
Chanda has served as the President/CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 4 years, and before that she served the Chamber as the Director of Membership & Marketing for 8 years. Prior to working for the Chamber, Chanda was the Marketing Manager at Navarre Press, an award-winning weekly newspaper.
Chanda is currently serving as an Honorary Commander of the 505th Test and Training Group at Hurlburt Air Force Base. She has been a member of the Navarre Chamber Foundation Board since 2022. She also serves as a board member for the Santa Rosa Education Foundation and the Santa Rosa County Restore Council. She is a past chair of the Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni Board and Community Board Member for Baptist Medical Park-Navarre. Chanda is also a founding member of One Hundred Women Who Care Emerald Coast.
Chanda is a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 28, and recently completed her 3rd year of the 4-year Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) Southeast Program at the University of Georgia. IOM is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.
Chanda is also a member of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
In Chanda’s spare time she enjoys crafting, gardening, photography, shelling and spending time with family, friends and her boxers (Molly & Rudy).