Alan I. Silverstein served 38 years as a Chamber Executive with twenty of those as President & CEO of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Leadership Foundation. He joined the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce on March 6, 2000 and retired on December 31, 2020.
Al has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
Al was appointed by the Talbot County Council and served twenty years on the Talbot County Economic Development Commission and Talbot County Office of Tourism. He also served the Talbot Family Network as a Board Member and Vice President. He was a member of the Upper Shore Transportation Advisory Group. He has served twenty-two years as a member of the Mid-Shore Regional Council CEDS Committee. In 2012-13 Silverstein served as a President of the United Fund of Talbot County . He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Easton since 2000 and has been a Rotarian since 1981.
Additionally, Al served in 2005-2006 as President of Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc., a four-county certified regional heritage organization. He served on the Maryland State Chamber Legislative Committee for seventeen years and was elected in 2001 as a Board Member of the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) serving on the executive committee. He was elected President of MACCE in January 2003 and served 2003-2004 as a Board Member of the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce representing the MACCE membership. In 2009, his chamber peers honored Silverstein as “Chamber Executive of the Year.”
Silverstein is a 2000 graduate of the Shore Leadership program a program of the Chesapeake Leadership Foundation. This program, which was established in 1997 offers executives, managers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the issues and challenges of our region. Silverstein is a graduate of the Academy for Excellence in Local Government issued by Maryland Municipal League.
Al has a 38-year commitment to community service. He was elected to the Easton Town Council Ward 1 in May 2015 and was elected to a second term in May 2019.
Al Silverstein was elected to the Talbot Historical Society Board of Directors in January 2021 and currently serves as its Vice President. The Talbot Historical Society (THS) seeks a balance between growth and preservation, THS was formed by citizens to preserve the heritage of the Eastern Shore.
Al Silverstein was elected to the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in December 2021. The Mission of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) empowers people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community.
Governor Larry Hogan appointed Silverstein to the Maryland Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) on April 21, 2021. Al was elected Chair of ATC at the May 20, 20121 meeting by his fellow Commissioners. The ATC is authorized to enforce or regulate the state’s laws concerning alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
Al is a Strategic Partner at the Gladstone Group, LLC a team of consultants for Not-For-Profit organizations on good to great initiatives, strategic planning, strategic thinking, and counsel on leadership, governance, and management challenges and opportunities.
Silverstein and his wife Karen reside in Easton, MD. They have one son Brandon and his wife Suzanne who also reside in Easton, MD.