CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg Announces Upcoming Retirement

Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, today informed the CalChamber Board of Directors and the organization’s staff of his planned retirement at the end of 2021. A year ago, Zaremberg notified members of CalChamber’s Executive Committee of his intended retirement date.

Upon making his announcement today, Zaremberg provided the following comment:

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the members and directors of CalChamber for so many years. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of California’s business and political development, working with California’s business leaders to establish a strategic plan for economic success,” Zaremberg said.

Donna Lucas, chair of the CalChamber Board of Directors, offered the following comment regarding Zaremberg’s retirement announcement today:

“CalChamber and Allan Zaremberg have been one and the same for more than two decades,” said Lucas. “His effectiveness in representing California’s business community is legendary and he created models for success that are now common practice. As CalChamber moves into a new chapter, I am confident the organization is poised for continued success and will be unmatched in the effectiveness of both their advocacy work and compliance efforts.”

Zaremberg served in the role of president and CEO of CalChamber for 23 years beginning in 1998 after six years as executive vice president and head of CalChamber’s legislative advocacy program. Before joining CalChamber, Zaremberg served as chief legislative advisor to and advocate for Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson. He also served as a captain and flight navigator on a KC-135 jet air refueling tanker while in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1975.

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


Denise Davis
Denise Davis is executive vice president of communications and the CalChamber’s chief liaison with the news media. She oversees communications strategy and outreach, and manages the CalChamber’s involvement in select issue advocacy and ballot measure campaigns. See full bio.