The Public Affairs Council advises the CalChamber President and Board of Directors on key political issues affecting the business community, particularly ballot measure campaigns and the endorsements of the CalChamber political action committee.

The council includes government relations executives and chief executive officers whose companies are CalChamber members at the Advocate level or higher. It serves as a networking platform for these high-level representatives of CalChamber major member companies to share information and resources from colleagues around the state.

Public Affairs Council members convene via semi-annual conferences or conference calls as needed. At these gatherings, renowned political strategists and government leaders share their expertise on cutting-edge issues, providing an insider’s look at the political and legislative climate.

November 2015 Public Affairs Council Conference

With 2016 being an election year, the California Chamber of Commerce 2015 Fall Public Affairs Conference brought together insiders from both major parties to offer insights and predictions on key statewide and legislative races, plus the race for the White House and upcoming California ballot initiatives. The conference also featured one panel of state legislators giving a review of the 2015 legislative session, with a second panel offering a preview of 2016. Pollster and media pundit Dr. Frank Luntz gave the luncheon address on “Words that Matter.”


2015 Fall Public Affairs Conference Day One Recap: Insights and Predictions

2015 Public Affairs Conference Day Two: Data Security, Presidential Race, Reform Priorities


November 2014 Public Affairs Council Conference

Lawmakers, experts, and journalists discussed election results, state policies, and political strategies at the California Chamber of Commerce 2014 Fall Public Affairs Conference.

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Marty WilsonMartin R. Wilson
Executive Vice President,
Public Affairs