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Join a committee: Contact Deanna Tibbett at (916) 444-6670 or submit an online form.

CalChamber committees are responsible for forming CalChamber policies. CalChamber policy guides the CalChamber’s legislative advocates as they lobby on matters that concern California businesses. To ensure that CalChamber policy reflects the concerns of CalChamber members, committees are made up of interested CalChamber members who volunteer.

The committees:

  • Draft and recommend policies to the CalChamber Board of Directors.
  • The policy becomes official when adopted by the Board.
  • Each committee focuses on a subject (or related subjects) of concern to business.

Policy Committees

Chemical Policy
Aims to simplify compliance obligations, minimize compliance cost for businesses, support use of best available scientific evidence, reduce frivolous litigation and prevent “overwarning.”
Staff Contact: Louinda V. Lacey

Education
Fosters greater business involvement to improve both teacher and student performance and administrative accountability in schools throughout California. (Membership by appointment.)
Staff Contact: Karen Sarkissian

Environmental Policy
Oversees issues related to the environment, such as air quality, climate change and AB 32 implementation, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Proposition 65 and green chemistry, hazardous and solid waste, surface mining and land use issues. Recommends policies that meet the mutual objectives of protecting human health and the environment while conserving the financial resources of business to the fullest extent possible in order to help California businesses grow and promote their technologies/services.
Staff Contact: Louinda V. Lacey, Amy Mmagu

Health Care Policy
Promotes a sound and affordable health care system. Works to contain costs and avoid unnecessary and expensive regulatory controls, including mandates.
Staff Contact: Karen Sarkissian

Labor and Employment
Works to protect employers’ rights to direct and manage their companies’ employees in an efficient, safe and productive manner.
Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera

Taxation
Monitors legislation and regulatory activity to ensure that California tax laws are fair and can be administered easily. Reviews state spending plans to make certain that economy and efficiency are the primary goals of government.
Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera

Tourism
Encourages increased travel to California by fostering investment in advertising and improvements to tourism infrastructure, considering the important role of tourism in the state’s economy and plans for economic recovery. (Membership by appointment.)
Staff Contact: Marti Fisher

Transportation and Infrastructure
Works toward developing and maintaining a statewide transportation network that is adequate for the needs of business, agriculture and individual citizens.
Staff Contact: Amy Mmagu

Water Resources
Encourages responsible water quality goals and water development policies to meet the increasing demand for reliable water supplies. (Membership by appointment.)
Staff Contact: Valerie Nera

Workers’ Compensation
Promotes legislative, judicial and regulatory actions that maintain an efficient workers’ compensation system that provides adequate worker benefits while protecting the competitive position of California employers.

Ad Hoc Committees

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Provides employers with a conduit for communicating with lawmakers and advocating environmentally sound development and use of agricultural and natural resources in a manner that provides optimum economic benefits while protecting property rights.
Staff Contact: Valerie Nera

Energy and Telecommunications
Recommends policies on issues concerning utilities and commerce, including electricity, telecommunications, commercial transactions, corporate governance, economic stimulus and development.
Staff Contact: Amy Mmagu, Valerie Nera

Immigration
Recommends policies on issues concerning immigration.
Staff Contact: Marti Fisher

Legal Reform and Protection
Seeks comprehensive tort reform legislation that will halt runaway liability risk and promote greater fairness, efficiency and economy in the civil justice system.
Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera

Working Groups

Occupational Safety Advisory Group
Advocates cost-effective and practical safety and health regulations while protecting the competitive position of California employers. (Subcommittee of Labor and Employment Committee)
Staff Contact: Marti Fisher

See a list of CalChamber councils and task forces.