CalChamber Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

Gretel Tortolani
Gretel Tortolani, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Gretel Tortolani joined the California Chamber of Commerce earlier this month as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

She leads CalChamber’s membership and employment compliance business, which includes employment compliance products, such as required state, federal and local employment posters and pamphlets; sexual harassment prevention training; reference guides; compliance seminars and webinars; and an online employee handbook creator.

Immediately before joining the CalChamber team, Tortolani was chief financial officer at Otis McAllister, Inc., an Oakland-based international food distribution company.

She previously served as chief financial officer and vice president of human resources at Operation Dignity, Inc., an Emeryville nonprofit providing housing and supportive services to veterans and the homeless.

As chief financial officer and controller for the consultancy agency she started, GTCFO2Go LLC, she provided chief financial officer services, financial analyses and advice to early-stage startups and later- stage companies.

Tortolani also served as corporate controller at Mi Pueblo Food Center, a San Jose-based Hispanic grocery chain with 19 stores across California; as chief financial officer and vice president of human resources at Best Express Foods, Inc., a Hayward food manufacturing plant selling a variety of snack foods; and as chief financial officer for the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA, a San Francisco Bay Area service organization operating seven branches and 27 child care centers.

She serves on the board of directors for Operation Dignity, Inc., Summer Search Bay Area, and B8 Theatre Company.

Tortolani earned a B.A. in management at St. Mary’s College of California and is fluent in English and Spanish.

The California Chamber of Commerce is the largest, broad-based business advocate to government in California, working at the state and federal levels to influence government actions affecting all California business. As a not-for-profit, we leverage our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations to provide affordable and easy-to-use compliance products and services.