Northern Kentucky native and former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is returning home to lead the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Grayson, 42, is scheduled to start July 1 as the chamber's president. He's currently director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics.
"The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has been the most important organization in the region," Grayson said. "It is an honor to lead an organization with a mission to strengthen business and improve our quality of life."
Grayson succeeds Brent Cooper, the president of C-Forward Information Technologies in Covington, who has served as chamber president on an interim basis since February.
Grayson served two terms as Kentucky's secretary of state from 2004 to 2011. He ran for an open U.S. Senate seat in 2010, losing the Republican primary to Rand Paul.
After graduating from Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Grayson attended Harvard University, graduating with honors in 1994. He has a law degree and master of business administration from the University of Kentucky.
Prior to entering politics, he worked as an attorney with Greenbaum Doll & McDonald and Keating Muething & Klekamp.