The Pikesville Owings Mills Regional Chamber of Commerce announced June 19 that Beth Rheingold will serve as the organization’s new president, effective July 1.

She succeeds Jessica Normington, who came to the chamber in July of 2011. Normington is working for the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development as a business development representative for the western sector of the county.

Rheingold has worked in the nonprofit field for the past 16 years. Most recently, she served as director of school and community engagement for CHAI, or Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.

A West Virginia native who lives in Westminster with her husband of 18 years, Hugh, and their two children, Jacob and Bella, Rheingold previously held teaching and academic administrative positions at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned a doctorate in English.

She also taught at Garrison Forest School, McDonogh School and Villa Julie College, now known as Stevenson University.  She is a former board member of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.

As Pom’s new leader, Rheingold will be responsible for all aspects of the chamber’s programming and operations, including member recruitment/retention, events planning, and relations with communal and government leaders.

“This is a very exciting time to be part of the chamber, whose commitment to the economic growth and well-being of our community strongly appeals to me as an educator, community organizer and daughter of a small business owner,” Rheingold said in a statement.

“The success of a community depends in large part upon effective communication and relationship-building among its constituents. To that end, POM is moving our area forward with creative networking opportunities, engaging community events like The Taste and Pikesville 5K, and advocating for businesses,” she said. “I am honored to serve our community in this capacity as we work to advance the chamber’s mission.”

Holli Friedland, POM’s vice chair and search committee chair, said of Rheingold, “We were impressed not only with her resume, but also by her engaging personality and passion for her work – qualities that we expect will help the chamber grow and better achieve its mission.”

POM Chair Marcy Gorman said Rheingold’s background of “working with our local schools and community leaders has prepared her well to advance the mission of the chamber. We feel very fortunate to have her as our next president and are excited about her leadership abilities.” 

POM serves more than 350 businesses, schools and nonprofits in Northwest Baltimore County, with the mission of promoting and improving the business communities of Pikesville, Owings Mills and the surrounding areas.