Andrew Wiens will join the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Government Relations on January 2. He will direct the Chamber's advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.
Wiens has been the Chief Policy Office for Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer since 2017. He has also held other policy positions in the Governor's office and the Department for Children and Families since 2011. A Kansas native, he is a graduate of Tabor College and Washburn University. He and his family are in the process of relocating to Wichita from Topeka.
Wiens said, "I'm thrilled to join the Chamber to represent the interests of the business community at all levels of government. I look forward to working together with the excellent leadership and staff to spur economic growth and community advancement in the area. I can't wait to get started."
Chamber President and CEO Gary Plummer said he is confident that the experience and skills Wiens brings to the Chamber will prove beneficial to members. "Andrew has the key relationships and expertise required for this vital role of advocating for the best possible business environment," Plummer said. "He is experienced at developing policy that advances free enterprise for Kansas companies and will help advance the interests of our members and region."
Plummer also announced that Tram Ngo, who has been Interim Director for the department during the search process, has been promoted to Director on a permanent basis. "Tram's management of the government relations department has earned her the respect of our members and partners," said Plummer. "She's a valuable member of our team and we look forward to her continued leadership at the Chamber."
Ngo joined the Chamber after graduating from Wichita State University in 2017. She served previously as both a Project Manager and Manager of Government Relations.