The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce announced that Joseph Szafran has been named executive director, concluding a search by the board of directors.
“We are very excited to have Joe join the Chamber in this leadership role,” said Kristen Farry, chair, LBCCC board of directors. “He brings more than 20 years of public relations and community engagement experience and has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and passion that will assist us in strategically growing the Chamber. Joe has a long personal and professional history in Lower Bucks County and understands the important role the Chamber can play in making our businesses and our communities stronger.”
Szafran recently served as external affairs manager at American Water, which provides regulated drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states, including Pennsylvania. He was responsible for developing and implementing the external communications strategy for the company, including its award-winning community outreach efforts.
Prior to joining American Water in 2017, he worked in internal and external communications for several Fortune 500 companies, including DuPont, United Technologies and Exelon. Szafran started his career in Bucks County as an aide to both former Congressman James Greenwood and former Pennsylvania State Sen. Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Bucks County Housing Group. He has also served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County.
Szafran received a bachelor of arts degree in business from Virginia Wesleyan University and a master of arts degree in political science from Villanova University.