Board of Directors
Anissa Starnes has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management with most of those years being spent with chambers of commerce. She currently serves as Chief Impact Officer for YGM Total Resource Campaigns, a nationwide firm that assists Chambers with their non-dues revenue development.
Prior to joining YGM Total Resource Campaigns, she ran her own consultancy, Swingbridge Partners, where she focused on executive searches, strategic planning, board development and public speaking for groups of all sizes.
Anissa began her career at the Charlotte Chamber. After her tenure in Charlotte, she served as President/CEO for multiple chambers in the Carolinas. During her career she also served as President/CEO for the well-known girl’s empowerment nonprofit, Girls on the Run International, and she spent 8 years with Constant Contact as the Director, National Organizations, where she oversaw the partnership of more than 4,500 chambers. In the past ten years, she has educated more than 35,000 nonprofits, chambers, and small businesses on communications, marketing, and fund-development.
Anissa is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Institute for Organization Management program and South Carolina Economic Development School at the College of Charleston. She currently serves as a member of faculty at the University of Georgia Institute for Organization Management. In addition to her board role with Claire’s Army, she serves as a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Anissa and her husband Jerry reside in Charlotte and enjoy fly-fishing, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and cheering for their favorite team, the Carolina Panthers. Anissa is known as “Shiny” to her granddaughter, Lenora, and that is her most favorite title that she has held to date.