• Staff Members

     
  • Valencia Williamson
    President & CEO
    Phone: (678) 610-4021 
    Email:
    vwilliamson@claytonchamber.org  

    Valencia Williamson is the President & CEO of Clayton County Chamber of Commerce in Jonesboro, Georgia where she oversees all aspects of the organization. Prior to her current role, Williamson served as Executive Vice President of the Area Development Partnership (ADP) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she led the organization’s Chamber of Commerce Division for ten years. Before joining the ADP in 2010, Williamson served as Vice President at Walton Area Chamber of Commerce in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 

    A graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Williamson has an 18-year career as a Chamber of Commerce professional and she retains an extensive background in organization management, membership development, program implementation, and strategic partnerships. Williamson has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and has completed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Williamson serves on the board of directors for The First Bancshares, Inc., and The First Bank. She also serves as a board member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and Clayton County Public Schools Foundation.

    Williamson is an avid tennis enthusiast, and she spends much of her downtime playing with her two pups Jaxon and Roxy, and hanging out with family & friends who affectionately refer to her as "V."

     

    E. Olivia McCornell, MPA
    Director of Programs & Member Engagement
    Phone: (678) 822-4370 
    Email: olivia@claytonchamber.org 
      

    E. Olivia McCornell is the Director of Programs & Member Engagement for The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she is responsible for developing and managing member engagement strategies, existing programs, and events designed to increase and retain our membership.

    Before accepting her new role, McCornell served as the Commercial Code Enforcement Supervisor for Clayton County, overseeing all four commercial business districts. Before joining Code Enforcement in 2020, McCornell served as the Assistant Permits and License Supervisor at Clayton County Community Development, where she also worked with new and existing businesses throughout the county. She also has an extensive background in working with nonprofit organizations, as she founded her nonprofit in 2017 called The Johnson Foundation, Inc. Her 10-plus years working in both the private and public sectors have prepared McCornell well for her new role with the Clayton County Chamber.

    McCornell is a 2013 graduate of Tougaloo College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication/Public Relations and a 2016 graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a Master’s in Public Administration/Community and Economic Development. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Valdosta State University and is on track to obtain her Doctor of Public Administration/Public Sector Management Degree (DPA); her most recent accomplishments are being a 2022 graduate of Leadership Clayton and a 30 under 30 Young Nonprofit Professional (YNPN) Award recipient. She currently serves on The Hope Shelter, Inc. board. She is an active member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE), the Georgia Association of Business Tax Officials (GATO), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Atlanta Women's Club.

     

    Katie Palombo
    Membership Sales Representative 
    Phone: (404) 772-5316 
    Email: 
    receptionist@claytonchamber.org 

    Katie Palombo serves as the Membership Sales Representative for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce in Jonesboro, Georgia where she has taken on engaging and recruiting local businesses in an effort to grow and cultivate the member base. Before accepting her role, Palombo worked in the air medical industry in membership sales and as the Director of Communications for a private non-profit.   

    A graduate of Georgia College & State University, Palombo has nine years of experience in marketing and sales and has come to love being able to meet the needs of customers and clients through solution-based sales. One thing she loves about the Chamber is the connectedness, community, and collaboration that becoming a member provides our local businesses. When not recruiting new members, you can find Palombo spending time with her husband as they chase their three kids around, dreaming up new house projects, crafting, and finding all the best deals at Target.

    Interested in a membership? Katie is your point of contact for all your membership questions. Don’t hesitate to contact her directly at katie@claytonchamber.org or 404-772-5316.

    Ms. Annie K. Woods
    Administrative Assistant | Chief Greeter
    Phone: (678) 610-4021 
    Email: 
    receptionist@claytonchamber.org  
     
    Annie is responsible for the Chamber's reception, administrative duties, and all support services to ensure the efficient operation of the Chamber office. Additionally, Annie helps to promote Chamber programs and she provides relevant information that benefits the Clayton business community.
     
    Prior to Annie joining the Chamber team, she worked in the manufacturing and lighting industry as an Administrative Assistant for 31 years before spending 18 years with Dekalb County Government. Annie is a 2010 graduate of Clayton State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
     
    Annie resides in Ellenwood and she has a Yorkshire Terrier named "Vinny."