The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC) today announced the election of Andréa M. Garcia, 32, a resident of Union City, to its board of directors.
Andréa M. Garcia is the managing partner and co-owner of Comms/Nation LLC, a public relations and graphic design services agency, and a LGBT-BE certified business located in Weehawken, NJ. In her new role as a board director at NJPCC, she will work to develop statewide communications strategies to raise awareness and help grow the LGBT business network in the Garden State. Acting as the Chamber’s volunteer VP of Marketing, she grants the Chamber access to COMMS/NATION’s PR resources, furthering the organization’s media and promotional reach.
Garcia is the first Hispanic woman on the board. She will oversee the marketing strategy development and implementation. NJPCC is gearing up to bid for a chance to host the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s flagship conference in New Jersey.
Stephen P. Blazejewski is the newly elected president of NJPCC. He is just 26 years old and on a mission to restructure and transform the organization. The organization was previously known as the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce and has just rebranded. Blazejewski and the Board tapped Garcia to come aboard and to helm the marketing for the Chamber.
“We have been burning the midnight oil ensuring that our members are represented by the most cutting-edge LGBT Chamber in the country. Which is why we are currently the fastest-growing networking organization for professionals in the state. We want to show that through hard work and dedication, dreams are possible, and goals are reachable. And we know that with Andréa on our team, we are in great hands,” said Blazejewski.
Garcia brings a decade of experience crafting award-winning public relations campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. In 2018, she decided to take a leap of faith as an entrepreneur and co-opened her own communications agency, COMMS/NATION, with her best friend. She is an alumna and scholarship recipient of both the Rising Tide Capital’s entrepreneurship program and the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation, two of New Jersey’s best non-profit entrepreneurship programs.
“The LGBT community are early-adopters who transcend the spectrum of diversity,” said Garcia. “They are driving the future of identity and are an economic force that must be nurtured. We truly have a chance to help shape New Jersey’s local economy–I’m very proud to give back to my community.”
Garcia joined the NJ Pride Chamber as a member in 2021. She saw tremendous value in being a member after attending in-person networking events. Every year, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) co-hosts a flagship conference alongside one of its affiliate chambers throughout the country.
It was during the NGLCC’s 2021 Back to Business Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that Garcia realized the potential and opportunities that could be capitalized on for the benefit of the local New Jersey economy.
“The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce is currently creating the business case that New Jersey is the next best place to host the national conference. It’s thrilling to feel like we are bidding for a shot to host what is essentially the ‘LGBT Business Olympics’. I’m very honored to take part in that mission and to be on a board with like-minded professionals who strive towards success.”