LUBBOCK, Texas – The Lubbock Chamber is proud to announce the promotion of Kyle Jacobson to Vice President of Government Relations. Since 2016, Jacobson has worked with officials in all levels of government on behalf of the Lubbock business community.
In his new role, Jacobson will continue to advocate on behalf of business to help shape Lubbock and the surrounding area’s health care, education, agriculture, and transportation infrastructure now and for the future. He will also coordinate the upcoming Civic and Public Leadership Academy to help further develop and educate those interested in serving or supporting someone in a government position. He will continue to track pending legislation to keep the business community informed on key issues, and continue providing updates in various outlets to include the recently created podcast, Voice of Business, located on the Chamber website, Apple, Spotify, and Google.
“Kyle will increase his role at the Chamber advising our Board of Directors and me on public policy and defending Lubbock businesses at City Hall, Austin and D.C.,” said Eddie McBride, President and CEO of the Chamber. “He has already well established his reputation and relationships throughout the community and state as a leader in the government affairs arena. His new position at the Chamber will elevate our position and service as a resource and advocate for Lubbock’s business community.”
Jacobson has continued his education within the industry by attending professional development opportunities offered by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE). In 2019, he completed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leads Fellowship program designed to equip Chamber leaders with education and workforce strategies in their communities. Jacobson will graduate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s four-year Institute for Organization Management (IOM) program later this year.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate over the last five years to develop relationships with the great people who make up the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce," said Jacobson. "Our local business leaders are tremendous not just as professionals, but as friends, mentors, and people who truly care about this community. I look forward to continuing to work with them to see what we can achieve together for businesses and employees in the years ahead.”
Prior to his Chamber career, he worked on political campaigns including successful races for Texas State Representative and the United States Congress. Jacobson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University. He is a graduate of the William B. Travis Campaign Academy, the Volunteer Center of Lubbock’s Emerging Leaders program, and the Lubbock Chamber’s Leadership Lubbock program. Throughout 2021, he will be participating in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s NextGen Leaders program.
He has served as a volunteer in the Lubbock community with the Lubbock Area United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock, and Lubbock’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 US Census. He also currently serves on the Upper Brazos Region’s State Flood Planning Group as part of the Texas Water Development Board’s state flood planning efforts. Born and raised in the state capital of Austin, Jacobson got to West Texas as fast as he could and is proud to call Lubbock – “the capital of West Texas” – home.