The Manatee Chamber of Commerce has hired Amy Farrington as vice president, public policy and small business, beginning Feb. 3. Farrington’s focus will include the Manatee Chamber’s policy development and advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal level, as well as strategic resources for small businesses. She joins the chamber having served as the director of strategic and administrative initiatives at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee since 2016. Her prior experience includes public policy leadership positions with the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. She has also served in positions with the Florida Department of State as well as in private practice as an attorney. Farrington earned her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law, her M.S.A. in public administration from the University of West Florida, and her B.A. from the University of Florida.