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Regina A. Hairston, African American Chamber President joins Natural Lands board. Photo: Jensen Toussaint/AL DÍA News.
Regina A. Hairston, African American Chamber President joins Natural Lands board. Photo: Jensen Toussaint/AL DÍA News.

Regina A. Hairston joins Natural Lands Board of Trustees

The African American Chamber of Commerce President is the newest board member for the region's most prominent land conservation organization.

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Regina A. Hairston, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware (AACC) was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Natural Lands. 

Natural Lands is the Philadelphia region’s oldest and largest land conservation organization, dedicated to preserving and nurturing nature’s wonders while creating opportunities for joy and discovery in the outdoors for all. 

As the devoted and passionate leader in promoting the voice, vision, and value of Black-owned businesses in the region, Hairston has been highly influential in adhering to the needs of the African American Chamber’s growing members.

Under her leadership, the Chamber has launched various programs to increase and provide direct access to capital, established a unique CEO peer group and mentorship program, and leveraged corporate partnerships for the success of the Chamber’s members.

For those reasons, among others, the Natural Lands Board of Trustees are “thrilled that Regina has agreed to bring her passion and expertise to our Board.”

“Her goals for and interest in our region are aligned with Natural Lands’ strategic vision. We look forward to benefiting from her involvement for years to come,” said Board Chairman Peter Hausmann, in a statement. 

Hairston shared that she is honored to join the Natural Lands’ Board of Trustees. 

“Land conservation is a universal issue that impacts all communities and should have diverse input. That’s why I’m lending my voice and serving,” Hairston wrote in a Linkedin post.

Furthermore, she looks forward to demonstrating how small business ownership contributes to this ecosystem.

“The business of preservation is an opportunity to demonstrate the relationship between commerce and our most sacred spaces. Protecting our natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and local economies,” said Hairston.

She added that partnerships between businesses and community conservation with a focus on doing good sends the message that there is a mutual commitment toward a sustainable future. 

Over the past year, Hairston has been named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2021 Most Influential People in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100, and Metro Philadelphia’s Power Women list

Prior to leading the Chamber, she served as chief deputy register for Philadelphia Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphan’s Court, where she used her skills to initiate the online probate and marriage license process during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic closures.

She previously served as senior associate at Bellevue Strategies, advancing client objectives by developing and executive government affairs, community relations, and media and communications. 

Her professional career has also seen her hold multiple roles in public relations and external affairs within the Philadelphia education system. 

“Regina is widely recognized as a gifted and respected leader,” said Oliver Bass, president of Natural Lands. “We are very fortunate to have her involvement and know that we will benefit immensely from her experience and wisdom.”

Hairston is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and public relations. She also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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