2018 Board Candidates
*First Election for Three-Year Term
*James L. Arnone
Latham & Watkins LLP (law firm)
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles. J.D. Harvard Law School. Began practicing law 26 years ago. Practice encompasses wide range of project development work and litigation. Serves as global chair of the firm’s Environment, Land & Resources Department. Also is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School, where he has taught environmental law part-time for 19 years. CalChamber director since February 2018.
Roger J. Baccigaluppi
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
RB International (international consulting services)
B.S., University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Columbia University. Founded RB International in November 1992 after retiring as president and chief executive officer of Blue Diamond Growers. CalChamber chair in 1995. CalChamber director since 1989.
Partner and Director
Bain & Company (venture capitalists)
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Cologne, Germany. More than 20 years of consulting and industry experience and leads the firm’s global health care and strategy practices; focuses include mergers/acquisitions, business innovation/models, franchise full potential, organizational effectiveness. Former four-year CEO of private biotechnology company. CalChamber director since August 2017.
Gregory S. Bielli
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tejon Ranch Company (ranching and property development)
Bachelor’s in political science, University of Arizona. Joined Tejon Ranch in September 2013 with nearly 25 years experience in real estate, land acquisition, development and financing. Most recently was president of western region for Newland Communities, overseeing master-planned residential, commercial and retail real estate projects in Arizona, California and Colorado. Former city councilman and vice mayor in Scottsdale, Arizona. CalChamber director since January 2014.
Patricia T. Clarey
Senior Vice President
Health Net Inc. (health care services)
Bachelor’s, Union College, Schenectady, NY; M.P.A. John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. More than 25 years in public and private sectors including senior management at Chevron Corporation and Transamerica Corporation. Former president, Transamerica Foundation in San Francisco. Deputy chief of staff to California Governor Pete Wilson. Senior positions at National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior. CalChamber director since May 2012.
Toyota Motor North America (motor vehicle manufacturing/sales)
Bachelor’s degree, Indiana University. Responsible for sales success for Toyota in Northern California. Since joining Toyota in 1998, has served in managerial positions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago regions. Also worked in market representation and marketing at Toyota Motor Sales headquarters. CalChamber director since August 2017.
Timothy S. Dubois
The Edward Thomas Collection (hotel holding and management)
Graduate, Washington State University with business degree in hotel administration. Current holdings of privately held firm include Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa Del Mar, both in Santa Monica. Before current position, spent 17 years with DoubleTree Hotels, rising to position of western division vice president. CalChamber chair in 2012. CalChamber director since January 2007.
*Robert C. Falkenberg
Chief Executive Officer
California Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare (health care services)
B.A., Towson University; M.B.A., Loyola College. Joined UnitedHealthcare in August 2001, holding senior executive positions before serving as CEO of Ohio Health Plan from 2005 to 2016. Named to current post in March 2016. Previously held leadership positions at WellPoint, MassMutual and Aetna. CalChamber director since April 2016.
Executive Vice President
Union Bank (financial services)
Bachelor’s in business administration, California State University, Fresno; personal financial planning certification, University of California, Irvine. More than 17 years of banking experience dating to 1994, including senior management positions at Wells Fargo, Countrywide Bank, and as president and CEO of Countrywide Investment Services, Inc. Joined Union Bank in 2009 as national sales manager for retail banking. Named to current position and head of California branch banking in 2010. CalChamber director since April 2011.
Richard B. Fowler II
Chief Operating Officer
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard (law firm)
B.S., physics, University of Maryland; M.S., political science, Southern Illinois University. Graduate of Armed Forces Staff College and National Defense University’s National War College. Advanced executive education at Darden, Wharton and Anderson graduate schools of management and School of Mortgage Banking. Served more than 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, including deputy inspector general of Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon and a command pilot. Before current position, was senior vice president of USAA (1989–2007), then president and CEO of The Community College Foundation. Now a foundation director, trustee of the Sacramento County Employees Retirement System and vice chair of Golden Pacific Bancorp. CalChamber director since January 1997.
Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo (financial services)
Also lead regional president, community banking for Northern and Central California. Started with Wells Fargo in Sacramento in 1992, holding positions of increasing responsibility in the district, Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area. CalChamber director since January 2015.
Raymond W. Holdsworth
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Handbook Holdings, Inc. (business consulting)
B.A., English, Lake Forest College; M.B.A., finance and commerce, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Served as president and chief executive officer of architecture/engineering firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall (DMJM) for seven years. President of DMJM parent, AECOM Technology Corporation, starting in 1992, then vice chairman from 2005 through 2009. CalChamber chair in 2003. CalChamber director since 1995.
Mark R. Hutchins
KPMG LLP (accounting)
Bachelor’s in business and economics, University College of Cardiff, Wales and a licensed CPA. More than 28 years of experience providing risk management and advisory services. Was an audit partner and subsequently started KPMG’s Risk Advisory Services practice in the western region. National lead partner for Enterprise Risk Management services for the banking and finance practice and led Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 efforts for major companies. CalChamber director since February 2013.
West Growth Markets Leader
Ernst & Young LLP (accounting)
Bachelor’s, electronic engineering, UCNW, UK. Master’s, electronic engineering, UCNW, UK, specializing in artificial intelligence. Global coordinating principal for all EY services worldwide. 25 years with EY. Started career in UK as Chartered Accountant before moving to Silicon Valley. Member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since January 2016.
Donna L. Lucas
Chief Executive Officer and President
Lucas Public Affairs (public relations)
Graduate, University of Southern California School of Journalism. Before forming Lucas Public Affairs in 2006, served as deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Previously was global and public affairs practice leader for international public relations firm Porter Novelli after it acquired Nelson Communications Group, where she was president and CEO for several years. Also served as deputy press secretary for Governor George Deukmejian; deputy treasurer for Tom Hayes; and California press secretary for President George H.W. Bush. CalChamber third vice chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since August 2012
*Rudy B. Medina
President, Southern California Market
U.S. Bank (financial services)
Bachelor’s degree in finance, University of the Pacific. Winner of Kermit O’Hansen Award of Excellence, Pacific Coast Banking School. More than 35 years of banking and financial services experience in California. Before joining U.S. Bank to direct commercial banking in the greater Southern California area, held leadership roles at Bank of America, culminating in chief operating officer, business banking division. CalChamber director since April 2018.
*Leslie L. Melburg
Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto Architects (architecture, structural engineering and interior design)
Bachelor’s degree, architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Continuing education at Harvard School of Design. As design director, oversees NMR’s major projects. Has designed Temecula Civic Center, Shasta County Administration Center, Redding Civic Center, Monterey Civic Center and Tehama County Administration Center. Received an A.I.A. Honor Award for Shasta Enterprises Office Building. CalChamber director since April 2018.
Steven A. Merksamer
Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP (law firm)
B.A. in political science, Claremont McKenna College; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Previously was special assistant attorney general and chief of staff to Governor George Deukmejian. CalChamber director since 1988.
Diane D. Miller
Wilcox, Miller & Nelson (executive search/human capital management)
B.A. in applied behavior analysis, University of the Pacific; M.B.A. in marketing, Golden Gate University. Career in executive search and outplacement field since 1986. Served as vice president, portfolio management at Consolidated Capital. Recipient of The Business Journal’s 2002 “Women Who Mean Business” award. 2016 at-large member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since 2004.
*Kevin L. Mitchell
Sector Vice President, Global Operations
Northrop Grumman (aerospace)
B.S. and master’s, business administration, University of Phoenix. M.S., global supply chain management, University of Southern California. Leads team of 5,000+ producing technologically advanced aerospace systems. Oversees global supply chain, facilities and environmental, safety, health and medical organizations in sector. In 30 years of managing large-scale operations, has led production of aircraft, advanced weapon and unmanned combat air systems, and special programs. Before joining Northrop Grumman in 2003, worked for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. New candidate.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Full Harvest (online platform connecting large farms to food and beverage businesses)
B.A., psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. M.B.A. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Founded Full Harvest in 2015 as a B2B online distributor for ugly and surplus produce. More than 10 years of experience in the logistics and food industries at both Fortune 100 companies (A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, Procter & Gamble) and high-growth food start-ups (Organic Avenue, Cape Classics). CalChamber director since April 2018.
University of California (higher education)
B.A., Santa Clara University; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law. Named 20th UC president in July and took office on September 30, 2013. Has served as secretary of homeland security; governor of Arizona; attorney general of Arizona; and U.S. attorney for District of Arizona. Before entering public service was in private practice and partner at law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix. CalChamber director since February 2014.
Peter C. Nelson
Chairman of the Board
California Water Service Company (water supply)
B.S., mechanical engineering, University of California Davis; M.B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. More than a decade with company preceded by 25 years with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, ending as vice president of division operations. CalChamber director since 1998.
Dr. Richard L. Pattenaude
Ashford University (higher education)
Bachelor’s in economics, San Jose State University, Ph.D. in political science, University of Colorado. More than 43 years of experience in higher education leadership roles. Previously was chancellor of the University of Maine system for four years and president of the University of Southern Maine for 16 years. Also served at Central Connecticut State University, the State University of New York at Binghamton, and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Vietnam veteran. CalChamber director since April 2014.
*Rudolph M. (Rudy) Reyes
West Region Vice President and Associate General Counsel
B.A. Harvard University. J.D. Harvard Law School. Leads company public policy and legal affairs in Western United States. Since joining Verizon in 2003, has served as chief regulatory counsel, chief legislative counsel and vice president of government affairs before taking current post in April 2017. Previously held positions at law firms practicing litigation and, briefly, software licensing. CalChamber director since February 2018.
Thomas J. Rizzo
General Manager, Martinez Refinery
Shell Oil Products U.S. (energy and petrochemicals)
Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, M.B.A. in finance, Washington University (St. Louis). Started career at Wood River Manufacturing Complex; then held various positions at Shell’s American headquarters in Houston. Served as general manager of company’s Lakeland chemical facility and Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes, Washington before assuming general manager post at Martinez Refinery. CalChamber director since July 2015.
Frederick R. Ruiz
Ruiz Foods (frozen food company)
Business major at College of the Sequoias. Founded Ruiz Food Products, Inc. in 1964 with father, Louis Ruiz. CalChamber chair in 2009. CalChamber director since January 2003.
Gary C. Rynearson
Manager, Forest Policy and Sustainability
Green Diamond Resource Company (forest products)
B.S., forest production management, Humboldt State University. Before taking current position in 2005, was president of Natural Resources Management Corporation. Started as field logging engineer in 1978. Active in professional forestry and governmental organizations. Has taught forestry policy/ethics courses at Humboldt State. CalChamber director since January 2015.
*William R. Sawyers
Senior Vice President
Del Monte Foods (food producer)
B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Williams College. J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Has served as senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary of Del Monte Foods since March 2014. Served similar role from 1993 through 2001. Before returning to Del Monte was a partner of the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm in San Francisco and served as chief administrative officer at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, a neuroscience research institute, in Emeryville, California. New candidate.
Phillip J. Telgenhoff
Field Vice President
Allstate Insurance Company (personal lines insurer)
Bachelor’s in psychology, University of Washington. Promoted to his current position in September 2007. His more than 23 years of Allstate experience includes assignments in claims, human resources, sales, sales management, agency management and education management. CalChamber director since December 2013.
President, General Manager
KCRA-TV/KQCA-TV (broadcast media)
Bachelor’s in business administration/marketing, Fairleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey). More than four decades in broadcasting, starting as a radio account executive in Allentown, PA in 1971, then TV sales in Philadelphia and Kansas City, MO. Named vice president, television sales for Taft Broadcasting Co. in 1983, followed quickly by vice president/general manager positions with WCIX-TV in Miami, FL, then KRBK-TV (now KMAX-TV) in Sacramento, CA. Named to current Sacramento position in December 2000. CalChamber director since October 2014.
Michael R. Walker
Executive Vice President
City National Bank (financial services)
Bachelor’s in foreign service, Georgetown University. Also regional executive, Northern California, responsible for commercial banking in City National’s 10 offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Extensive experience in commercial and investment banking and financing for entrepreneurs, including stints at U.S. Bancorp, and banks that merged into JPMorgan Chase, including Chemical Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. CalChamber director since February 2018.
Executive Vice President, Markets
Blue Shield of California (health plan)
Bachelor’s in business administration, Emmanuel College. More than two decades of leadership in customer service strategies. Joined Blue Shield in 2014 as senior vice president of customer experience and was promoted to current position at the beginning of October 2017. Before joining Blue Shield, was vice president and general manager of digital service integration at American Express and senior vice president at USAA, where he was a key member of the team that developed the industry’s first mobile check deposit service. CalChamber director since October 2017.
Dr. Timothy P. White
The California State University (higher education)
Diablo Valley Community College; Fresno State University; California State University, Hayward; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Previously served as chancellor and professor of biology and biomedical sciences at UC Riverside. Also served as president at the University of Idaho; dean, provost, executive vice president and interim president at Oregon State University; and professor and chair of the Department of Movement Science, and research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. CalChamber director since February 2013.
*Arthur C. Whitney
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pacific West Pharmacy, Inc. (pharmacy services to long-term care communities)
Graduate, University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy. Owner and operator of numerous pharmacies in Roseville area before creating Pacific West Pharmacy in 1987. Also chairman of the board, Placer Farm Supply, Inc., and president, Advantage Pharmaceuticals Inc. CalChamber director since February 2017.