Executive Team: Nick Ortiz
Vice President, Local Chamber Relations
Nick Ortiz joined the California Chamber of Commerce as vice president of local chamber relations in February 2023. He serves as an information resource for and CalChamber liaison with local chambers of commerce.
Ortiz also serves as president/chief executive officer of the Western Association of Chamber Executives.
Ortiz comes to the CalChamber from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, where he has been president and CEO since 2015. During his tenure, the Bakersfield Chamber experienced membership and revenue growth and successfully executed several key initiatives, including the Bakersfield-Kern Regional Branding Initiative; the campaign to pass Measure N, the City of Bakersfield Public Safety and Vital Services Initiative; the launch of B3K Prosperity; and, most recently, bringing the California Economic Summit to Bakersfield.
Ortiz’s previous experience includes positions with the Western States Petroleum Association, PG&E, Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, United Way and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Local Chamber Relations
The Local Chamber Relations Department is responsible for local chamber relations and staffs the Western Association of Chamber Executives.