Deborah Lanham

President & CEO



Deborah Lanham has served as President and CEO of the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce since January 2020.  In this role, she leads a business organization of more than 400 members in Alpharetta and the North Atlanta area.  The Alpharetta Chamber serves to promote and strengthen the business economy, connect business professionals to their next opportunity, and advocate for business-friendly initiatives in our community.

Under Deborah’s leadership, the Alpharetta Chamber has officially partnered with the Development Authority of Alpharetta (DAA) to create the Downtown Alpharetta District.  This 3-year economic development initiative funded by the DAA focuses on driving sustainable growth through the execution of a comprehensive marketing strategy.

Deborah is a high performing business executive with a varied career in sales, marketing, and communications for brand giants Hospital Corporation of America, Burger King (Restaurant Brands International) and Sanrio Company, designers of Hello Kitty.  She holds key industry connections in education, government, film, entertainment, media, technology, healthcare, financial services, food and beverage, telecommunications, and non-profit organizations. 

Before joining the Alpharetta Chamber, Deborah served as Vice President of Business Development for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce for nearly eight years.  During her successful tenure at GNFCC, she created and led Tech 400, Women in Business, and the Young Business Professionals while driving membership sales to record levels.  A skilled collaborator and influencer, Deborah gets people connected to opportunities across many business sectors.  You will often hear her say “the mission is to drive business growth, but my passion is to build partnerships.”  She currently serves on the Tech Alpharetta Board and Innovation Academy Foundation Board.  

“Deborah has the values, network, tenacity, influence and intellect rarely seen and is a treasure to North Fulton and Georgia.”  Senator John Albers – District 56 – State of Georgia

Deborah is married to Steve Lanham, has three grown sons, four grandchildren, and lives in Milton, Georgia.  Deborah is a musician and songwriter and enjoys collaborating with other artists on various projects.

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