EMPLOYMENT: CEO, Foothills Associates, LLC; President, Heard Museum; Managing Director, Navigant Consulting; Executive Director, New Mexico Commission on Higher Education; U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly.
EXPERTISE: Higher education administration; student retention and success; policy analysis; partnership development; fundraising.
DR. LETITIA CHAMBERS is recognized for her accomplishments as an entrepreneur, her expertise as a manager, her contributions to public policy, her service on Boards of Directors of corporate, educational and non-profit organizations, and her interest and work related to the arts.
After serving in Senior positions in government, in 1981 Chambers founded Chambers Associates Incorporated, a public policy consulting firm in Washington DC, and over the next 20 years created a highly successful company with a national reputation. In 2001 she sold the firm to Navigant Consulting, Inc., a large global consulting firm, where she continued as a Managing Director until 2008.
On three occasions she took leaves of absence from the firm to serve in government. In 1992, she served as the Chief Budget Advisor to the Clinton/Gore transition, where she led the Budget Policy Group and served on the Economic Policy Team. In 1996, Dr. Chambers served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, a presidentially appointed position of ambassadorial rank requiring confirmation by the U.S. Senate. In 2003-2005, she headed up the system of higher education for the state of New Mexico.
Prior to founding Chambers Associates, Dr. Chambers was the first woman in history to head a major Standing Committee of the United States Senate when she was named Staff Director of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She also worked on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Prior to that she served in senior administrative positions in state and local education agencies.
Dr. Chambers has a reputation as an accomplished speaker before large audiences, as well as in interacting with smaller groups, across the US, in several foreign countries and at the United Nations. She has appeared on “Larry King Live”, and several of her speaking engagements were covered by C-SPAN. Dr. Chambers has authored or co-authored numerous articles, monographs and reports.
After retiring from her career in public policy, Dr. Chambers began a new career focused on her love of the arts. She became CEO of a major museum for several years, and since retiring from that position, she has worked as a guest curator for art exhibits and also focuses on serving on Boards of Directors and on consulting engagements related to her prior experience.