CalChamber Staff

CalChamber Staff

Executive Leadership

Directing the policies adopted by the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is an experienced executive staff led by Jennifer Barrera, president and chief executive officer.

Jennifer Barrera
President and Chief Executive Officer

Denise Davis
Executive Vice President, Communications

Ben Golombek
Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff for Policy

Gretel Tortolani
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Martin R. Wilson
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs

Nicole Wasylkiw
General Counsel

Executive Team

Collectively, the CalChamber executive leadership brings to its assignment a depth and breadth of knowledge from decades of experience at upper levels of management in the public and private sectors.

Karen Mendoza
Senior Vice President, Business Services

Susanne Thorsen Stirling
Senior Vice President, International Affairs

Ann Amioka
Vice President, Communications

Hilda Watson
Vice President, Human Resources

Bianca N. Saad
General Counsel, Labor and Employment

Nick Ortiz
Vice President, Small Business Advocacy

Policy Advocates

The CalChamber public policy team is led by Ben Golombek, executive vice president and chief of staff for policy.

Adam Regele
Vice President of Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships (Environmental Policy, Housing and Land Use, Product Regulation)

Brenda Bass
Policy Advocate (Water, Agriculture and Resources)

Ronak Daylami
Policy Advocate (Privacy)

Ashley Hoffman
Senior Policy Advocate (Labor and Employment, Workers’ Compensation)

Robert Moutrie
Senior Policy Advocate (Education, Legal Reform and Protection, Workplace Safety, Tourism, Unemployment Insurance, Immigration)

Preston R. Young
Senior Policy Advocate (Health Care, Taxation)

Policy Support Staff

Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs Department, through the team’s active involvement with CalChamber staff and members, is the first to know when and how changes in law affect employers.

Bianca N. Saad
General Counsel, Labor and Employment

Matthew J. Roberts
Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment

Erika M. Barbara
Senior Employment Law Counsel

James W. Ward
Employment Law Subject Matter Expert/Legal Writer and Editor

Vanessa M. Greene
Employment Law Subject Matter Expert

Labor Law Helpline

CalChamber’s Helpline service is a member benefit for the exclusive use of our Preferred and higher members. Through our Employment Law Experts, this service provides CalChamber members with a better understanding of employment-related laws, regulations, court cases and administrative procedures.