Remembering Allan Zaremberg: A Note from CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera

Yesterday, February 4th, marked the one-year anniversary of Allan Zaremberg’s passing. The day caused me to pause, again remembering and recognizing Allan’s legacy. A year later, I continue to be grateful for all Allan accomplished and am in awe of his wisdom and political acumen—the hallmarks of his time with CalChamber.

Last year, immediately after Allan’s passing, tributes poured in and several articles were written profiling his life. The headline accompanying one of the best pieces, written by the LA Times’ Taryn Luna, called Allan the “dean of the California business community.” The title is certainly appropriate and reflects the magnitude of Allan’s influence and the respect people from all parts of the Capitol Community have for him.  However, as time passes, it has become very clear that Allan is equally (perhaps more) known and appreciated for his kindness and decency. Yes, Allan was often the one in charge—he was a boss to many—but he was at his very best as an ally, encourager, mentor and friend.

The sad anniversary of Allan’s passing might cause us to think about all we lost a year ago but it also offers us an opportunity to reflect on what we gained through knowing him.  Allan not only championed the cause of business in California, he was a champion for others. I continue to be grateful for Allan as a role model and an example of exceptional leadership.

Jennifer Barrera
Jennifer Barrera took over as president and chief executive officer of the California Chamber of Commerce on October 1, 2021. Previously, she oversaw the development and implementation of policy and strategy as executive vice president and represented the CalChamber on legal reform issues. She led CalChamber advocacy on labor and employment and taxation from September 2010 through the end of 2017. As senior policy advocate in 2017, she worked with the executive vice president in developing policy strategy. Before joining the CalChamber, she worked at a statewide law firm that specializes in labor/employment defense. Barrera earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield, and a J.D. with high honors from California Western School of Law. See full bio.