New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce appoints Noah Michael O’Hare as President

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New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce President 2024 Noah Michael O'Hare
New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce President 2024 Noah Michael O'Hare

The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC) has appointed Noah Michael O’Hare as its new Board President.

Noah is the Vice President of Retail Operations for Spencer Savings Bank; he is responsible for supporting the advancement of their community reinvestment initiatives and philanthropic activities. He is a lifelong resident of New Jersey with over 10 years of banking experience.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to support the Chamber’s incredible work in a greater capacity,” said O’Hare. “It is truly inspiring to reflect on the accomplishments and growth the Chamber has seen over the last two years. I am thrilled to be a part its continued success in the years to come; together, we are the key to a better tomorrow for New Jersey’s pride community.” 

O’Hare has helped the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce with his role as a Diverse Business Certification Site Visitor. He has also been an Ambassador for the NJPCC since 2022, that same year he received the NJPCC Ambassador of the Year Award.

Prior to joining the NJPCC O’Hare supported the launch and initiative of many employee resource groups and diversity, equity, and inclusion councils at his financial institutions. This includes those dedicated to advancing the LGBTQ community. He said his passion for supporting the community reaches beyond just New Jersey’s LGBTQ residents. He is a member of the New Jersey Bankers Association’s philanthropic committee where O’Hare volunteers his time to support various community organizations across the state of New Jersey.

The NJPCC said in the press release that O’Hare brings a wealth of experience and expertise and is an instrumental asset to the board. “He is an enthusiastic advocate for diversity and an avid traveler,” said the NJPCC. “[He has] a ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained’ mentality. He believes that travel provides a broader perspective on life and better equips him to use his platform to build a more inclusive and equitable business community within New Jersey.”

“Noah will add a different level of experience to the role of Board President and his knowledge of corporate networks and technology will enhance the Pride Chamber’s efficiency and data collection, which is lacking in the state, specific to the LGBTQ+ community,” stated Gus Penaranda, Executive Director of NJPCC.

The current NJPCC board members include: Jacob Meola; Kathleen Waters; Terez Thorpe; Debbie Millar, RN; Dr. Richard Helldobler; Raul Alarcon; Namibia Mu’id, PMP; Victor Peter Rodriguez; and John Traier.

For more information visit the NJPCC on Facebook at: njpridechamber.org