By Heather Lusk
Tracy Phillips, who served as executive director of the Zionsville Education Foundation for more than four years, is the new executive director for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce.
Phillips replaced Julie Johns-Cole, who took the position in 2012.
“I’m happy to stay in my roots of nonprofit work as well as the service-oriented side of things,” Phillips said. “Rather than serving the school community, I can serve the Zionsville community in a greater capacity. I personally hope to bring back my public relations background to the chamber. Over the last few years I’ve specialized in social media, so I can’t wait to use that in a greater capacity at the chamber.”
Phillips previously handled special events and public relations in San Antonio for the River Walk, and she compares the brick street to the San Antonio River.
“When we moved back to Zionsville, what the chamber was doing with events felt so much like what the River Walk did,” she said, noting intimate setting and businesses working together.
Phillips officially starts Jan. 1. She is utilizing the next several weeks to meet with chamber partners and stakeholders to “hit the ground running” in the new year.
“We’re thrilled for her opportunity and know that she’ll do a great job,” ZEF board president Missy Copher said. “It’s disappointing to lose a valued employee.”
“Times of transition are also opportunities,” Phillips said. “Every executive director has brought ZEF to a new level and (the executive board wants) to keep that going.”
Copher said the board will post the position for Phillips’ replacement within the next few weeks and wants to have the new executive director in place before the spring grant cycle.