Meet Your Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Charise McHugh

Do you know who runs Half Moon Bay’s Chamber of Commerce? Here’s someone you need to know in our town.


Name: Charise Hale McHugh

Title: President/CEO

Organization: Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau

Office address: 235 Main Street

Years on the job: 17

When it comes to civic duties, what's your mission: To create a strong local economy, help businesses by providing networking opportunities, promoting the community to locals and visitors, helping businesses cut the red tape with government, and helping the Coastside to ensure a sustainable future.

What do you love about your job on the Coast: That I get to help people all day long and learn about new businesses. I like working with people and solving their problems.

What's the most challenging part of your job: People thinking we are part of government and not understanding that there are things beyond out control.

Key services your organization does for the Coastside community: You can’t just list 2-3. The chamber has or is responsible for the items below.

• Rock the Block

• Night of Lights

• Community Business Directory

• Visitor Guide

• Coastside Street Map

• Relocation Packages

• Take positions on legislation affecting the Coast

• Facilitate CEAP/ Disaster preparedness program

• Maintain community events calendar online

• Farm Day

• Bringing tourists

• Supporting non-profits

• Supporting and promoting other Coastside events

• High School Scholarships

• Bringing STEM Robotics to the schools

• Lighting Main Street for the Holidays

• Brainstorm marketing ideas for businesses

When you're not working, what do you do to relax and enjoy life: Read books, watch movies, hike, play with my grandkids, decorate, garden, swim

How can people best contact you:

235 Main Street

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

650-726-8380 x 101


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