Mayor Kate Gallego today joined many across the state in mourning the passing of Robin Reed, President and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona. Reed had more than 40 years of experience as a business owner, serial entrepreneur, and business consultant. 

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“Today, we lost a pioneering Arizonan far too soon. Robin Reed was an energetic force that made Phoenix better. His contagious smile and upbeat personality, coupled with his palpable dedication to lifting up small businesses and entrepreneurs, united so many people,” Gallego said.  

“On top of his exceptional work leading the Chamber, I valued Robin’s partnership in successfully passing the City’s 2023 Government Obligation Bond, his leadership on the home rule process, and his support of and insight into our economic development priorities. There is no question that Robin leaves behind an incredibly meaningful legacy that will touch generations of Arizonans. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.”  

In addition to his role leading the Chamber, Robin held multiple board seats including co-chair positions, including Blue Business Council (Advisory Board To Phoenix Chief of Police); Phoenix College President’s Advisory Board; Paradise Valley Community College; Silent Witness; Phoenix P.D. Disciplinary Review Board; Phoenix P.D. Use of Force Board; 1Mission; Treasure House; Valley of the Sun United Way; Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Arizona State University, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience (KER), Council of Resilience Leaders; and ASU W.P. Carey School of Business, AZNext – Steering Committee.