Gail A. Landis, C.P.M. is Senior Vice President – Government and Community Relations for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (Berks County). She is accountable for leading legislative and regulatory agenda, strategic communications and advocacy initiatives to strengthen the economic vibrancy and quality of place for the region. She provides access to policy makers at all levels and collaborates with Regional Business Resource Partners along with establishing advocacy coalitions. Gail serves as an appointed member of the PA Minority Development Authority, South Central Transit Authority and Commuter Service of PA Boards. She co-chairs the public private partnership that engages many local officials, businesses and community leaders along with PennDOT focused on Berks Transportation + Transit Priorities (ReadingBridges.net). She previously facilitated the PA DCED Reading Keystone Innovative Zone (KIZ) and currently facilitates the Business Plan Competition for graduate and undergraduate students at the five local institutions of higher education focused on advancing and promoting entrepreneurial activity in the region.
Her diverse background includes a dynamic, results-oriented career with progressive responsibilities at various organizational levels. She has extensive experience in program management, outreach initiatives and a proven track record in developing and executing effective legislative and regulatory strategies. As Director of Business Development and Government Relations for Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., a full-service consulting engineering firm, she advanced the firm’s competitive position, leveraging multiple service groups in nine regional offices. Gail is also an Independent Consultant, providing professional services that develop strategic approaches to advance initiatives, facilitate return on investment, promote efficiency and appropriate image to achieve success for the organization/institution. Projects include the Team PA Foundation Initiatives, PA Business Retention and Expansion Calling Program, Public Relations for Power Plant Development, Project Management along with political and non-profit fundraisers.
Gail was part of the leadership team for Reliant Energy, Sithe Northeast, GPU GENCO as Manager of Government/Community Affairs and Business Development that transitioned corporate and regional assets, after divestiture, into a successful process based competitive organization. She facilitated orientation/inclusion of employees affected by the acquisition/merger and directed initiatives to align 100 operating facilities and 8 development projects in 9 eastern states. As Director of Procurement, Transportation and Logistics for GPU Companies and Johnstown Corporation, she was accountable for establishing new and reengineered procurement and related processes, to facilitate efficiency and the competitive position of regulated, unregulated and private industry. Gail implemented innovative policies, to promote responsible decision making, protect the company’s liability and ensure legal and business compliance.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Principles of Public Utilities Operations and Management and Executive Public Policy Institute -EEI-Washington Campus, Gail is a Certified Purchasing Manager (NAPM), Novation Mentor and Sean Delaney Facilitator. She completed the Penn State Executive Institute, Penn State Financial Leadership Institute, Responsible Decision Making, Ethics, Contract Law, Negotiations, Crisis and Media Communications Management courses along with participating in the PSMJ Project Management, Worldwide Luminary Leadership Series, Federal Government Contracting and PA Rural Summit.
Her professional affiliations and Boards include: PA Chamber Business & Industry, U.S. Chamber PA Manufactures Association, National Manufacturers Association, PEDA Advocacy Committee, Compete PA, PA Economy League: Berks County Committee, American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Berks County Smart Growth Alliance, SRTP/Commuter Services Board, Rotary International – Wyomissing West Reading Past-President. She is a recognized leader in regional and statewide initiatives associated with economic development and education, industry alliances, community and professional associations and a variety of charitable endeavors including Katrina/Iowa Flood Mission Trips and Prayers & Squares Ministry.