Debra P. DiLorenzo
President & CEO,
Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
Debra P. DiLorenzo has served as President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey since 1994. During that time, the Chamber has been named the “Best Chamber” in the State by NJBIZ because of its aggressive Program of Work and commitment to its members. Additionally, the Chamber has become the first and only Chamber in the USA to have earned ISO 9001: 2015 Certification, an international quality management system designed to help organizations ensure they meet the needs of their customers. Debra and her team work tirelessly to serve the Chamber’s members by providing them with (1) opportunities to meet and do business; (2) resources to enhance their position in the marketplace; and (3) a collective voice on public policy affecting operations and profitability. In 2009, Debra was appointed by Governor-elect Chris Christie to his 10 person Transition Team and chaired the Department of Labor Subcommittee. The Governor appointed her to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in 2011 and reappointed her again in 2013 and 2017. Governor Murphy appointed her to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Transition Committee.
Prior to her current position, Debra was Senior Vice President, Government Relations at New Jersey Business and Industry Association, where she directed the association’s lobbying team from 1990—1994. And before that, Debra held various management positions at South Jersey Gas Company from 1979—1990, including Vice President, External Relations.
Debra earned her B.A. and M.A. in Communications from Rowan University, serves on regional and Statewide Boards and has received numerous awards including as Rowan University’s Distinguished Alumnus; Woman of Distinction—Girl Scouts of America, Camden County Council; Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs South Jerseyan of the Year; U.S. Department of Defense Seven Seals Award; NJBIZ’s Top 50 Women in Business; and NJBIZ’s Inaugural Icon Award.
She resides in Longport, Atlantic County with her husband Joe of 36 years. Together they are very proud of their son Anthony and his wife Suzie and their daughter Angelica.