After taking the position in January 2022, Evan Sanford initiated a complete rebranding effort, which included a new website, logo, and Membership Tiers, complete with added benefits. By the end of that year, an ambitious goal was set (and achieved) to host 30 events a year, and get 100 new members. Under his leadership, the organization has taken on projects that are setting the Redlands Chamber apart from any other Chamber of Commerce.
Sanford enjoys his responsibility of representing the membership at all levels including at the local, state, and federal levels. He can be found at city council meetings, asking the questions Chamber members want answers to, as well as providing solutions to the problems facing the community.
He also produces a podcast called “Inside Our Towns” as the host for the Our Towns Civic Foundation, not only as a contributor, but also as the Executive Director of the Redlands Chamber.
Evan previously worked at KESQ, an ABC affiliate in Palm Springs, where he produced the 11PM newscast. He also worked at KPCC, a PBS affiliate in Pasadena and at KABC Channel 7 in Los Angeles.
Sanford was born and raised in Studio City in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from the University of Redlands in 2017 with a degree in visual media studies.
While at the University, he successfully restarted the online student radio station KDAWG. He served as executive producer and host of the award-winning interview program “Inside the Studio” that welcomed notable guests including Dr. Jane Goodall, Richard Sherman, Mario Lopez and Ben Shapiro. He also led a campaign to raise money for the now popular U of R Bulldog statue and worked on consulting projects at Loma Linda University and Esri.