Charlotte Danielsson became the new chairwoman of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco/Silicon Valley in July 2013. Charlotte is the founder of Infiniti Law and has been practicing business and immigration law since 1998. She has a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and a bachelor’s in political science and economics from Berkeley. In addition to her role at SACC SF/SV, she also serves as assistant secretary of SACC USA, is a member of the Swedish American Bar Association, and serves on the board of the Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs Association.
We sat down with Charlotte to get a glimpse into the life and mind of the woman who is breathing new life into the chamber.

Are you Swedish?
Yes, I was born in Kalmar, Sweden but my family moved to the U.S. when I was 3 years old. We always spoke Swedish at home, took frequent trips to Sweden to visit family and celebrated holidays according to Swedish traditions.

What Swedish value do you most want to pass down to your children?
My Småland work ethic or what some people call "stubbornness." If there is an insurmountable problem with no solution, you never give up—you think outside the box, you work hard and persist until you have solved it while simultaneously always keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground.

What are you most proud of with the work you have done so far at SACC?
That my enthusiasm about SACC and its limitless potential have been contagious. In the past six months, SACC’s membership has more than doubled and the majority of our events have been filled to capacity!

What is ahead for SACC in 2014?
Our event plans include about two events per month throughout the year; we have increased the diversity of the topics covered and made changes to the formats of the events with the aim of better connecting and engaging our members. We have also increased the level of collaboration we have with other organizations to create new networking opportunities for our members. We will also continue to expand SACC’s vast networks—locally, nationally and in Sweden—throughout 2014 and increase every member’s ability to access and utilize those networks. We are also working on ways to better feature and promote our members through our web, social media, print and email communications channels.

What is your favorite quote?
“The only thing constant in life is change”—It is my favorite quote because it reminds me how important it is to always be adaptable. Ideally you should get ahead of the change but at the very least start rolling with the punches as early as possible!

Meet Charlotte at the upcoming Immigration Workshop organized by SAC SF/SV where she and colleagues from two other San Francisco law firms will offer local answers to the increasing complexity of regulations concerning work visas: What options are available for you if you plan on bringing work force from abroad to the U.S., obtaining permanent residency, citizenship or changing status while here and why is working through a law firm from the onset a smart move?
Charlotte answered the latter question at our meeting: "The USCIS forms are deceptively simple. There are decades of case law behind every question so checking a box wrong can mean that your case will be denied. It’s very difficult and costly to try to correct cases after they have gone wrong."

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