- President and CEO
Candance Castlen Brake is the President and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.
Brake, who assumed the CEO position in March 2015 has a career dedicated to public service and community development. She served as a three-term City Commissioner from 2004 to 2010 serving on commissions that led the downtown placemaking strategy and the regions’ shift to a knowledge-based economic development strategy. Prior to holding public office she served as Executive Vice President of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation and Deputy Judge/Executive for the Daviess County Fiscal Court. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Government at Western Kentucky University. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Green River Community Foundation.
She has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout her career including Brescia University Board of Trustees, Owensboro Riverport Authority, RiverPark Performing Arts Center, and the United Way of the Ohio Valley. She is currently on the board of the Wendell Foster Center, the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center, and Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
Brake holds a bachelor degree in history from Brescia University and a master of public administration from Western Kentucky University. She is a graduate of the public leadership program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Her husband of over 25 years is Dr. Nicholas Brake, superintendent of the Owensboro Public Schools. They have two children, Anna Caroline who is attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Nicholas, who is attending Western Kentucky University.