About Our Chamber President
Cheryl Angeles joined the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce as its President and CEO in December 2014. Angeles brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in local real estate, property management, and storage industries as well as active business and community involvement in San Mateo County.
Angeles has held management positions at Capital Builders, Public Storage, SKS Management, and Blickman Turkus in a variety of functions, including marketing, sales, and human resources. She holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.
During her years of public service, Angeles was recognized by the Redwood City Chamber as Ambassador of the Year and Person of the Year and awarded the Sequoia Award for Outstanding Business as well as the Athena Businesswoman of the Year. In her role as the co-chair of the Redwood City Library Foundation Board from 2007 to 2011, she was instrumental in raising $1.9 million for Redwood City libraries.
Angeles also served as the executive director of the Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County Scholarship Pageant and secretary (past president and vice president) of Soroptimist International by the Bay. Angeles is a native Californian and enjoys spending time with her daughter and new grandson, William.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Dear San Mateo Chamber of Commerce members and visitors,
Welcome, and thank you for your support of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce. I am very excited to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce. I have seen the Chamber transform itself under the inspired leadership of my friend Cheryl Angeles. We count on a hard-working and multi-talented Board of Directors to help the Chamber achieve its goals. I have been involved with the Chamber first as an Ambassador, then as a Board Member and now I have the privilege of serving as its Chair.
I spent the first part of my career in Corporate IT. 10 years ago, I started my own company. I decided to do something that I’d never done before, for which I had no formal training, and in which my Masters in Computer Science and the network I build in IT was not applicable. It was hard in the beginning. When I started my business, in a tiny little office, nobody stopped by, nobody called, and I questioned my decision. I felt a little scared, and isolated.
What made me feel less alone and a part of my community was joining this Chamber. I also joined one of the Business Referral Network (BRN) groups under the Chamber, and I have been with that group for more than 9 years now. I saw a lot of value in seeing the same people each week, learning about their business, and teaching them mine. The more I saw them, and got to know how we all fit together, it just felt like I wasn’t as alone anymore. They were also my cheerleaders, who celebrated every milestone for my business.
Creating relationships with other Chamber members – not just in my BRN – has been life-changing for me. This has become my family. It has undoubtedly grown my business as well, as I have received countless leads from Chamber members, so the ROI is proven for me.
I believe so much in the value the Chamber brings to each business owner that I have brought in more than 50 new members to the Chamber in the last several years. One of my goals for this year is to spread the word of the value of the Chamber to more businesses of all sizes. The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce plays an important role in supporting more businesses and bringing more members together to share in their unique gifts and talents will make this an even more vibrant Chamber.
I look forward to another year of transformation, growth, and community-building for the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce. And I look forward to getting to know you as well.