Middlesex County Chamber Board Member Named to Murphy Transition Team

Luis De La Hoz Will Serve as Co-chair of Murphy's Stronger and Fairer Economy Committee

Luis De La Hoz, a long-time member of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce (MCRCC) board of directors, has been named to Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's Transition2018 team put into place ahead of the governor-elect's January 16, 2018 inauguration.

De La Hoz will serve as co-chair of the Stronger and Fairer Economy committee, which focuses on economic development policy.

"Having worked extensively with minority- and women-owned businesses for many years at the community level, we now have a real opportunity boost our economy for the long-term by making sure our state-level policies promote a fair, just economy," De La Hoz said.

De La Hoz is currently Vice President of Business Community Development for BCB Community Bank and previously served as vice president of the Lending Team at the Intersect Fund, a New Brunswick-based micro lender.

As a member of the MCRCC's Hispanic Business Council, De La Hoz has extensive involvement in the development of business-friendly policies and initiatives. As a founder of the MCRCC's annual Hispanic Business Expo, De La Hoz has effectively organized and helped to give voice to Central Jersey's Hispanic-owned businesses.

"Luis is a powerhouse and understands the intricacies of economic development policy on the local level," said Lina Llona, President, MCRCC. "He will do the Murphy transition team well by highlighting the delicate balance small businesses must walk between local market forces and larger economic development policy."

The MCRCC Hispanic Business Council develops networking opportunities for area businesses where they can gain access to the growing Latino market as well as be connected to the greater regional economy.

"Luis had had intimate experience working toward local economic vibrancy," said Bill Neary, Chair, MCRCC Board of Directors. "It's exciting to know that we'll have a real advocate working on setting statewide policy has this new administration takes hold."