CalChamber Elects 2020 Board Officers

SACRAMENTO, CA —The California Chamber of Commerce today announced the election of its new board officers, including Mark Jansen as 2020 chair of the CalChamber Board of Directors. Jansen is president and chief executive officer of Blue Diamond Growers.

“As we begin the next decade, and the next chapter of California’s story, I’m proud to support the CalChamber’s integral role in leading California’s diverse business community and supporting our strong workforce,” Jansen said.

Serving with Jansen as 2020 officers of the CalChamber Board are:

  • First Vice Chair: Donna Lucas, chief executive officer and president, Lucas Public Affairs.
  • Second Vice Chair: Kailesh Karavadra, West Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP; and
  • Third Vice Chair: Gregory S. Bielli, president and chief executive officer, Tejon Ranch Company.

Jansen has been president and chief executive officer of Blue Diamond Growers since October 2010 where his leadership focus on innovation, quality and strategic growth has helped transform Blue Diamond into an industry-leading global branded food manufacturer. Jansen’s previous career achievements include leading the brand growth for Haagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Totino’s, Pillsbury, Red Baron, Freschetta, Wolfgang Puck, Tony’s and Minh.

Jansen received his bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Olaf College and an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Mark Jansen
Mark Jansen

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