The board of directors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce announced Michael J. Quaranta will be the new president of the State Chamber upon Rich Heffron’s retirement June 30.

“We are thrilled to have Mike as our new president,” said Gary Stockbridge, chairman of the board of directors. “Rich Heffron’s tenure has put the State Chamber on stable financial footing and positioned us as the leading advocate for business in the state. Mike’s diverse set of experiences will make him an effective leader for the State Chamber’s next chapter as we continue our work supporting small and large businesses across Delaware.”

Quaranta has been a principal at a leading government and public relations firm in Washington, D.C., since 2010. Past positions include serving as the chief of staff, 2003-10, to Rep. Michael N. Castle; vice president, Federal and State Government Affairs, Experian Information Solutions; director, Federal Government Affairs, TRW Inc.; and legislative assistant to former Sen. David F. Durenberger.

Quaranta and his wife, Michelle, live in New Castle, where they own a small business and are active in the local community. Quaranta serves as a councilperson for the city of New Castle.