CalChamber Elects 2019 Board Officers

SACRAMENTO, CA —  The California Chamber of Commerce today announced the election of its new board officers, including Grace Evans Cherashore as 2019 chair of the CalChamber Board of Directors. Cherashore is executive chairwoman of Evans Hotels.

Serving with Cherashore as 2019 officers of the CalChamber Board are:

  • First Vice Chair: Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer of Blue Diamond Growers;
  • Second Vice Chair: Donna Lucas, chief executive officer and president, Lucas Public Affairs; and
  • Third Vice Chair: Kailesh Karavadra, West Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP.

Evans Hotels was founded in 1953 by Cherashore’s late father, William D. Evans, and her mother, Anne L. Evans, a former member of the CalChamber Board.

Cherashore began her tenure with Evans Hotels as chief financial officer in 1984 and later served as president and chief executive officer for 21 years. Before Evans Hotels, Cherashore worked for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco in the Real Estate Industries Group.

Outside of Evans Hotels, Cherashore currently serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of California, San Diego Rady School of Management. Previously, she served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles Branch from 2008 through 2013 with one term as chair. Prior to her Federal Reserve position, she served as a director of Peninsula Bank of San Diego and was a founding director of San Diego Trust Bank. Cherashore also was a director of San Diego Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego State University School of Business, the San Diego Consortium and Private Industry Council (now the San Diego Workforce Partnership), the San Diego Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and the Bishop’s School.

Cherashore has a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado, and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She was honored by the San Diego Business Journal as the 2013 “Most Admired CEO” for large family-owned businesses. In 2005, she was honored at the publication’s 12th-Annual “Women Who Mean Business” awards.

In 2017, Cherashore and Anne Evans received the Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Grace Evans Cherashore

The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California.  Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state.  Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law.  CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California’s economy and create jobs.  Please visit our website at