Ellen G. van der Horst, President & CEO
Ellen van der Horst joined the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as president and CEO in March 2006. In that role, she leads the 5th largest metro chamber of commerce in the country, with nearly 5000 member businesses and a staff of 70 professionals.
The Chamber serves the 15-county tri-state region, with the mission of establishing this region as one of the world’s favorite American business centers. Toward that end, Ellen has personally become involved in many of this region’s most critical initiatives. She cochaired the group that developed the “GO Cincinnati” economic growth strategy for the city and, under her leadership, Agenda 360 is identifying transformational priorities for the entire Cincinnati USA region. She is also leading efforts to address regional transportation issues, including air service and the Brent Spence Bridge. In addition, Ellen is working to position Cincinnati USA as a compelling, attractive region for young, creative professionals to live, work and play.
A native of Philadelphia, Ellen herself came to Cincinnati as a young professional, getting her start at Procter & Gamble. She then established a successful, 22-year career with The PNC Financial Services Group, including serving as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
Ellen has a long history of service to the community and currently serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Business Committee, the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, Downtown Cincinnati Inc., ArtsWave, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments, the University of Cincinnati College of Business Advisory Council, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Strive Partnership, and the Queen City Club; and is a member of the Commercial Club, Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum and Women’s Capital Club.
For her outstanding accomplishment in business and contribution to community, Ellen was recognized in 1988 as a YWCA Career Women of Achievement and was inducted into the Academy of Career Women of Achievement. Ellen’s accomplishments have also been recognized in rankings by Cincinnati Magazine, Inspire Magazine and Cincy Business Magazine. In addition, she is a 2011 recipient of the Emanuel Community Center’s Triumph Award and the University of Cincinnati College of Business Distinguished Service Award, and a 2012 First Tee honoree.
Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics – summa cum laude – from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Blue Ash with her husband, Ray, a partner with Deloitte. They have two adult sons, Benjamin and Matthew.
Laurette Erhardt, Executive Administrative Assistant