Paul Niedzwiecki will take over as chief executive officer of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce from outgoing CEO Wendy K. Northcross on July 1.
Ms. Northcross, who is the recent winner of the 2021 Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year, is leaving at the end of June after 24 years with the chamber.
Mr. Niedzwiecki is a resident of West Barnstable and is a public policy professional and attorney. He is no stranger to being in public roles on the Cape. For more than 11 years, he served as the executive director of the Cape Cod Commission, from 2007 to 2018. He has also been a vice president at Cape Cod Healthcare, a role he held from May 2019 until August 2020.
“I have worked with Paul on many projects and initiatives throughout my tenure at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce,” Ms. Northcross said in the chamber’s press release. “His exceptional knowledge and deep local experience on crucial regional issues strongly positions him for success as the chamber’s new CEO.”
“Wendy has certainly set a high bar for chamber leadership, and I look forward to continuing her legacy of dedicated advocacy to improve quality of life on Cape Cod and ensure economic vitality for the region’s business community,” Mr. Niedzwiecki said.
Mr. Niedzwiecki also served as an assistant town manager in Barnstable from 2004 to 2007, and he created the Cape’s first Growth Incentive Zone in an effort to bolster small businesses in downtown Hyannis. He was also the first chairman of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative.
When Mr. Niedzwiecki takes over, he acknowledged that the job he is walking into is a difficult one.
“The chamber is at a crucial point in its 100-year history as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Mr. Niedzwiecki mentioned numerous key points he wants to focus on including the restabilizing the economy after COVID-19, creating more affordable housing, advancing water quality management initiatives and preparing for construction of new Cape Cod Canal bridges.
In an interview with the Enterprise, Ms. Northcross said Mr. Niedzwiecki should be able to come in right away and pick up on those key projects.
“Paul can pick up the mantle of a lot of that work without the downtime of learning who’s who and which person to contact for what. His past work and past experiences are very supportive of the work that needs to happen going forward,” she said.
“There’s a lot of information about Cape Cod and how it operates and how it works and what it needs, and that he already has a deep understanding of.”
Mr. Niedzwiecki is a graduate of Suffolk University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in public administration and later a juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.