Over the weekend, the California Chamber of Commerce offered congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
“Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has been a friend of CalChamber for many years,” said Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO.
“While hers is an historic win for many, it is a particularly proud moment for those of us in California who worked collaboratively and successfully with then Attorney General Kamala Harris. It is gratifying to know that Vice President-Elect Harris understands and appreciates the important role that California business leaders play both in our state and on the national economic stage,” Zaremberg added.
The CalChamber worked alongside former Attorney General Harris on issues including data breeches and combating threats posed by trans-national criminal organizations. During a 2015 address at the CalChamber Capitol Summit, Harris thanked the CalChamber, saying, “I was able to rely on the California Chamber to support the need to understand that [trans-national criminal activity] it is not only about a threat to public safety of our country but its also a threat to our economy.”
During that address, Harris further touted the important role that CalChamber members and business leaders in the state play. Harris observed that “Leaders in business are not only leaders in business, you are…civic leaders… You’re there and you say ‘how can I help?’” She further thanked Zaremberg, for his collaboration and assistance during her tenure as Attorney General.
During her first year as California Attorney General, Harris shared with the CalChamber Board of Directors on June 2, 2011 an overview of her efforts to improve public safety, including dealing with transnational gangs, reducing the backlog of DNA testing requests and updating technology used by crime-fighting agencies.
She met again with the CalChamber Board on September 13, 2013, emphasizing the importance of providing adequate funding for California courts to prevent delay in resolving disputes and assuring access to justice for business and consumers.
In February 2014, the CalChamber collaborated with the Attorney General in disseminating a report outlining best practices on Cybersecurity in the Golden State.
While Attorney General, Harris was an honorary director of the Institute for Democracy and Justice, taking her personal time to promote an understanding of civics and the judiciary. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye also is an honorary director of the Institute.