Maloney was born and raised in Cleburne County. She left in 2001 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science to work as a legislative assistant to in Washington, D.C.
“I moved there right after September 11, actually,” Maloney said. “The Pentagon was still smoking.”
She stayed in D.C. for 10 years first focusing on agriculture policy in Congress and then working on economic development with Rhoads Group, a lobbying firm that represented municipalities and counties in base realignment and closure.
But, Maloney and her husband T.J. Maloney felt a pull to get back to their roots to raise a family, well her’s anyway. In 2011, they moved to Birmingham and now to Heflin.
“It’s just a desire for a slower pace, a desire to go give back to the community that built you and a desire to raise your children that way,” Maloney said.
Since moving back, Maloney has had a daughter and hasn’t worked at a paying job since. But she’s ready to take on the challenge of heading the Chamber.
“There is so much room to grow,” Maloney said.
Currently the Chamber has 106 members, but she said it has the potential to grow to at least 300, Maloney said. She will spend much of her time traveling around the county educating people on the value of being a member of the chamber, Maloney said.
“There’s no better advertisement for a community than a strong Chamber,” she said.
Maloney will be taking the place of Emily Brown. Brown is leaving the position to spend more time with her family.
Maloney has been working with Brown for the last two weeks to help make the transition go smoothly.
Maloney was one of 15 candidates for the job, Brown said.
“Tanya brings to the table a wealth of experience that will help our organization reach its fullest potential,” said Steven Lines, president of the chamber.
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