Kara Luzik Canale
Vice President, Chamber Operations
Current Focus: Kara Luzik Canale is the Vice President of Chamber Operations for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC. Kara is responsible for implementing and developing components of the Chamber & CREDC’s Strategic Plan and oversight of specific areas of operation including membership, events, business diversity, and communications.
Professional Background: Kara comes to the Chamber & CREDC following nearly a decade in strategic communications agencies. A professional problem solver, she’s applied her skills to organizations ranging from regional non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. She played key roles in opening a casino resort, building a major highway interchange and introducing innovative health care programs. A lifelong resident of Central PA, she has developed internship and mentorship programs to strengthen the region’s workforce.
Education: Kara graduated summa cum laude from Elizabethtown College with a B.A. in corporate communications and a minor in political science.
Personal: Kara places an emphasis on community service. She currently sits on the Marketing Committee for Hospice of Central PA. Previously, she served on the board of directors for Harrisburg Young Professionals where she led the development of the Harrisburg Internship Connection, designed to retain future leaders by helping college students discover Harrisburg through a regional mentorship program. She has also dedicated time to the Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts’ Holiday Committee, and was an Advisory Board member with Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania’s Capital Region.
Kara is a Central Penn Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient, and an inaugural recipient of Harrisburg Young Professionals’ 20 in Their 20’s award. She was named a Foundation’s Finest young professional for her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her work in strategic and crisis communications has received accolades from the Central PA Public Relations Society of America.