Maria Nieves

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce

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Hudson County Chamber of Commerce


Maria L. Nieves is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce. Established in 1888, the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce is one of New Jersey’s oldest regional chambers. The organization serves more than 625 members that do business in the 12 municipalities which comprise Hudson County in Northern New Jersey. Ms. Nieves began her tenure as President on November 1, 2011.

During her tenure the Chamber has doubled in membership, increased both the breadth and depth of its programs, launched a young professionals networking group and a non-profit council, and engaged and served members through a new member-centric website and social media platforms. The organization has also continued to develop into an advocate for local business concerns and successfully taken on new initiatives. In 2013, the Chamber launched a first-ever trade mission to India, which was officially certified by the United States Foreign Commercial Services division within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The mission connected a delegation of Hudson County business leaders with more than 150 business and government leaders in four Indian cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata) and generated interest from more than 50 Indian firms wanting to learn more about doing business in New Jersey. In 2014, the Chamber succcessfully secured a Cooperative Marketing Grant from the New Jersey State Divison of Travel & Tourism and partnered with Jersey City to activate tourism events welcoming the NFC and AFC Champion Teams to Hudson County.  The Hudson County Chamber is continually recognized as one of the Top 25 Chambers in the state on the NJBIZ List of Top Chambers in NJ. In 2016 Ms. Nieves worked with the Chamber's leadership to adopt a new mission and vision statement and strategic plan.

A milestone for the Chamber was achieved in 2018, when the Hudson County Chamber and the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce formalized a merger agreement that enables Members of both organizations to enjoy dual memberships. Through this new merger, the Hoboken Chamber became an official chapter of the Hudson County Chamber, and the overall organization has grown to represent more than 625 Members.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Ms. Nieves was the Director of Public Affairs for Fidelity Investments in New York and New Jersey. In this role, she had responsibility for advancing the company’s public policy and business priorities in the region; establishing and maintaining relationships with local and state opinion leaders; identifying and implementing local sponsorships; and engaging employees as volunteers in the community.

Her career with Fidelity began in 2000 when she joined the asset management firm as a senior training analyst for National Financial Services (NFS), Fidelity’s broker dealer. In this role, she focused on the development and delivery of operational training. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Ms. Nieves was instrumental in coordinating space and technology needs for Fidelity’s businesses in Lower Manhattan. As a result she was promoted to project manager in 2002, and played a critical role in ensuring a smooth and timely transition of the business to new space at the World Financial Center in New York City and the Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, NJ. She consequently served as a Project Director of Business Continuity for NFS and in April 2005, she became Fidelity’s director of Public Affairs in the region.

Ms. Nieves began her career as an educator at the Wadleigh Arts Middle School, an alternative, public school located in Harlem in New York City. She was responsible for developing and implementing the school’s social studies curriculum.

Ms. Nieves earned her undergraduate degree in history from Columbia College, Columbia University in New York City; a master of arts in education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a master of business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a 2010 graduate of Lead New Jersey and a 2016 graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for non-profit professionals. 

Ms. Nieves currently serves as a volunteer on the following boards, committees and community organizations:
  • Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, a national organization headquartered in Alexandria, VA, representing 7500 chamber of commerce executives in the U.S. and Canada;
  • Hudson County Community College Foundation;
  • Hudson County Consortium for Business Growth and Development;
  • Hudson County Workforce Development Board;
  • Jersey City Rotary Club;
  • Saint Peter’s University Board of Regents;
  • Women Rising, Inc.