Folsom Chamber of Commerce Appoints Steve Heard as Chairman

The Folsom Chamber of Commerce  has announce the appointment of Steve Heard, as their new Chairman of Board of Directors. 

Mr. Heard brings a wealth of experience in business management, entrepreneurship, and
community engagement to his new role. He has been an active member of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce for over a decade, serving on several committees and as Vice Chair for the past two years.

As Board Chair, Mr. Heard will lead the Chamber’s efforts to promote economic growth and
support local businesses. He will work closely with the Chamber’s staff and volunteer
committees to provide insight and guidance on our many programs and services that address
the needs of our diverse membership.

Goals as Chairman

“I am honored to take on this role at such an exciting and challenging time for our community.
Although the significance of being the first African American to lead the Board is not lost on
me, I’m just another one of thousands who love this community and want to preserve all that
makes it a great place to live, while embracing the future and making it better”.

Mr. Heard, who is a Realtor with EXP Realty, and owner of, is a 22 year resident of Folsom. He said that one of the most important goals he has for the Chamber’s future is the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy. “Folsom’s population has become increasingly diverse over the past 20 years or so, and our membership and outreach should be reflective of our changing demographics. Diversity is one of our community’s many strengths.”    

Heard takes over as Board Chair from Dr. Shaina DiMariano, who served in the role for the
past year. During her tenure, the Chamber launched several new initiatives to support the local business community, including a new membership model.

“We are grateful for Dr. DiMariano’s leadership and dedication to our mission,” said Joe
Gagliardi, President and CEO of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to
welcome Steve as our new Board Chair and look forward to working with him to build on our
successes and pursue new opportunities for our members.”

About Folsom Chamber of Commerce

The Folsom Chamber of Commerce is part of the Choose Folsom initiative. Choose Folsom
promotes the economic vitality, community prosperity and quality of life for businesses,
residents and visitors. With over 1000 members, Choose Folsom provides a range of services
and programs to support local businesses, including networking events, marketing
opportunities, and educational resources. For more information, visit