Jo Newell, Vice President of Corporate Engagement at the Orlando Economic Partnership, joined the organization in February 2019 as the Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the Partnership’s Chamber. In January 2020 she became the first Black woman to lead the Chamber in its 100+ year history. During this time, Newell and her team focused on strategies to help small businesses move forward and rebuild stronger during the pandemic.
In the fall of 2021, Newell successfully transitioned the work of the Chamber to be fully embedded in the Partnership through programs and engagement opportunities, and the Chamber now operates under the single, overarching Partnership brand. In her current position, Newell and her team partner with the community to invest in advancing the economic and community development of the region.
Newell is a steward of the Partnership’s mission of advancing Broad-Based Prosperity™ and launched All Women Empowered (AWE), a program comprised of private, public, and nonprofit partners working to unify community resources into a strategically coordinated campaign to propel women forward. AWE held its first meeting in February 2020 and through that work the first AWE Impact Forum was held in August 2021.
An active leader in her community, Newell served as the first Board Chair of From Outside In and previously sat on Orange County Government’s MWBE Committee. She currently serves on the Board for United Arts of Central Florida, WholeLife Church, Tech Sassy Girlz and J4 Leaders.
Newell holds a degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Development, graduating magna cum laude from California Baptist University. She is married to Joseph Newell and they live happily with their two pups, Kaylie and Kai.