The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia announced that William A. Carter IV Esq., will serve as its head of Local Government Advocacy and Engagement.

Mr. Carter will be responsible for all public policy and local advocacy with the City of Philadelphia working to advance the pillars of the Chamber’s PHL Neighborhood Growth Project (NGP). In coordination with the Chamber’s Civic Affairs team, the position will help develop and mobilize a diverse coalition of organizations to advocate for pro-business policies in City Hall. He will officially join the Chamber in October.

Mr. Carter has over 25 years of experience in public policy, legislative affairs and civic engagement. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer managing the Office of the City Council President in Philadelphia and serving as liaison with City, state and federal legislative offices.

“The Chamber is truly thrilled to have someone of Will’s extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to public service leading our local advocacy work and championing our Neighborhood Growth Project agenda in City Hall,” said Rob Wonderling, the Chamber’s President and CEO. “We are absolutely honored to have Will joining our team.”

This spring, the Chamber and its allies – including the African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, & DE, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and dozens of civic and business leaders from across the city – announced the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project, a long-term initiative building on the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth.  The NGP’s Inclusive Growth Policy Agenda addresses both the short-term need to help people find jobs as well as the longer-term investments needed to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs and to become entrepreneurs.

The NGP initiative is a multi-faceted plan built around four policy pillars: Inclusive Growth and Good Jobs, Education and Workforce Modernization, Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, and Putting People First at City Hall.

“Will’s extensive experience in City government advocating for approaches to bring about positive change in our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses makes him an excellent choice to lead the Chamber’s advocacy efforts,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber. “I am pleased to welcome Will to the Chamber team, and look forward to working with him in this new role.”

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke praised his long-time colleague. “Will Carter served City Council well for many years, and most recently as our Chief Operating Officer. I’m sorry to see him go, but proud to see Will moving on to the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s experiencing a boom of growth in Center City, but it is vital to the City’s future that this prosperity extend outward into our neighborhoods. Based on his experience in Council, Will is well-suited to help the Chamber support the kind of growth that can help all neighborhoods and every Philadelphian share in the City’s future.”

African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, & DE, Chairman Steven Bradley said, “Will Carter is a great addition to the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia team. We have long partnered with the Chamber and believe Will’s tremendous talents will further assist our chambers in advancing an inclusive, pro-growth NGP agenda in City Hall.”

Mr. Carter is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University in Virginia.

Read the full NGP policy agenda >


Liz Ferry
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Vice President of State Legislative Affairs
(215) 790-3794