Michigan Childcare Initiatives

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Andy Johnston

Vice President of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Andy Johnston serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber and is responsible for managing the Chamber’s public policy efforts on behalf of over 2,500 members to create a vibrant business environment and thriving economy that benefits everyone.

His responsibilities include developing and implementing priorities and strategies for issue committees and councils to advance Chamber priorities in the areas of tax, regulatory, education, environment, transportation, health and human resources policy as well as budgetary reform at the local and state level.

Andy serves as a member of the Chamber’s Executive Leadership Team, responsible for strategic planning and execution, organizational development, day-to-day decision making, marketing and communications.

He is involved in numerous community board and committees including the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance, US Chamber of Commerce Institute on Management, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition, Kent County’s Community Health Advisory Committee, the City of Grand Rapids’ Vital Streets Commission and more. He has been named a 40 under 40 recipient by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Andy is native of Grand Rapids and an alumnus of James Madison College at Michigan State University. He formerly served as Director of Legislative Affairs for Chamber and legislative aide for State Senator Jason Allen.