Our Leadership

John Lane Bio Photo_sJohn Lane
Volunteer Chairman, Cleaner Air Partnership

John Lane has worked for 19 years in the air quality field with the last 16 years at A. Teichert & Son, Inc. Teichert is a 130-year-old family run business and is the oldest active construction and construction materials company in California.  John’s role at Teichert is both in air quality permitting and air compliance and also in local, state and federal Land Use entitlement related to Teichert’s mining projects and environmental leadership.  John currently serves on the board of directors for the Sacramento Tree Foundation whose mission, in part, is to improve air quality and community health of the region through thoughtful support of our internationally recognized urban forest.  John is an active member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and represents the region’s air quality and land use initiatives on the annual Capitol-to-Capitol advocacy trip to Washington D.C.

Stacy SpringerStacy Springer_Breathe
CEO, Breathe California of Sacramento

A graduate from the University of California at Davis, native to Sacramento, and mother of three young adult children, Stacy Springer is committed to the health of our communities. She has spent over 15 years in the non-profit sector and has a proven understanding of the role service organizations play in our communities. Stacy developed an interest in the relationship between health and the environment early in her career and now uses that interest to forward the Breathe philanthropic goal of clean air, healthy lungs and tobacco free communities.


AmandaBlackwood_HeadshotAmanda Blackwood                                                      President & CEO, Sacramento Metro Chamber

Amanda Blackwood commenced her role as President and CEO of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of
Commerce (Metro Chamber) on May 1, 2018. She is the first female President and CEO of the Metro Chamber, not
serving in a temporary position, in its 124 year history. As President and CEO, she leads the strategic direction,
vision, culture and business operations of the Metro Chamber.

Before joining the Metro Chamber, Blackwood served as owner and managing partner of OE Consulting Group, a women-owned and led firm established in 2014 that works with both for and nonprofit clients to provide strategic solutions for talent management and business process challenges.

Blackwood’s career spans both the private and nonprofit sectors with a strong focus on financial management, including her past role as CFO for Folsom Asset Management, Inc. (FAM) during which time she oversaw a multimillion dollar real estate fund in three markets and 13 active companies. Under her leadership, FAM won the Sacramento Business Journal’s Best Place to Work Award in 2013. Blackwood’s experience in operations and driving the growth of a company includes time served as the chief development officer for Elevation Entertainment
Group, where she provided leadership to ensure effective, efficient and culturally aligned operations for a statewide, multi-location, 700 team member workforce.

Before going into the private sector, Blackwood spent two years with the Rental Housing Association, a membership-based nonprofit trade group for the rental industry. There she specialized in membership recruitment and retention as well as the profitable execution of an array of large-scale events, government affairs initiatives, educational programs and the management of all accounting and financial reporting.

Her passion for economic development and community investment has driven Blackwood to devote time and expertise to multiple regional boards and projects. Her experience working with chambers includes serving on the board of directors for the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce, including serving as board chair in 2018. She has supported the growth of local entrepreneurship by serving on the committee for Valley Vision’s SlingShot project, vice chair of Greater Sacramento Economic Council’s Young Professional Board, and is a past president of
Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program Alumni Association. She currently sits on the boards of Sacramento Works, Visit Sacramento, Downtown Sacramento Partnership and PRO Youth and Families.

Blackwood is a frequent public speaker including speaking appearances for the California Department of Human Resources and Girl Scouts USA.



Meg Arnold
Project Leader/Consultant, Valley Vision

Meg leads Valley Vision‘s projects in the Clean Economy, as well as in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in California’s Capital Region.  In addition to Valley Vision’s role managing the region’s Cleaner Air Partnership, its recent other Clean Economy work includes projects such as a Green Communities project with PG&E accelerating local climate action plans into action; the Business Resiliency Initiative, which seeks to improve the resiliency of small businesses in the face of climate change; and a food waste diversion study conducted on behalf of SMUD. Previously, Meg led the CleanStart program while she was CEO at the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), a non-profit working to strengthen technology and entrepreneurship across the region; CleanStart champions the growth and success of clean tech companies in the Capital Region.