Board Candidates​

2023 CalChamber Board Candidates

*First Election for Three-Year Term

*Jill C. Anderson
Executive Vice President, Operations
Southern California Edison
(electric utility)
B.S., mechanical engineering, Boston University; M.B.A., New York University. In current position leads many of the company’s operations groups — including transmission and distribution, customer service, safety, security, business resiliency and operational services. Previously served Southern California Edison (SCE) as senior vice president of customer service and senior vice president of strategic planning and power supply. Before joining SCE was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at the New York Power Authority. Also led global process improvement projects for Hess Corporation. Began career at Consolidated Edison Company of New York. CalChamber director since February 2023.

Ted J. Balestreri
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Cannery Row Company
(real estate development/hospitality)
Lewis Hotel Management School, Washington, D.C. Owns and operates commercial buildings in Monterey and Central California, including the Sardine Factory Restaurant and the Inns of Monterey hotels. Member, World Travel & Tourism Council. Former member, California Travel & Tourism Commission, 1985–2007. CalChamber director since October 2003.

John F. Boyle
President and Chief Executive Officer
Automobile Club of Southern California
(insurance/member services)
Bachelor’s, accounting, California State University, Long Beach. Began career at Auto Club in 1989 as controller, holding increasingly responsible positions in finance. Has overseen expansion of auto, home and watercraft insurance products provided through the Auto Club. Member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since January 2018.

*Raji K. Brar
Chief Operating Officer
Countryside Corporation
(construction, real estate development, franchise operator)
B.S., biology, M.S., health care administration, California State University, Bakersfield. Co-owner with family of Countryside Corporation, which consists of a construction and real estate development division and operates various franchises (including Subway, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) in Kern and Tulare counties. First Sikh woman to be elected to a city council seat (Arvin). Member of CSU Board of Trustees. Co-founder of Bakersfield Sikh Women’s Association. CalChamber director since April 2023.

Sergio De Castro
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Chief Financial Officer
Aera Energy LLC
(oil and gas production)
Bachelor’s, industrial engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; M.B.A., George Mason University. Financial career covers more than 20 years on four continents. Joined ExxonMobil in 1994 at Bogota, Colombia, working in audit, controller’s and treasurer’s departments. Later served as financial officer in locations including Chile, Great Britain, Angola and United States. Named CFO and senior vice president at Aera (jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil) in 2017. CalChamber director since October 2019.

Jeffrey Dern
President and Chief Executive Officer
PRIDE Industries
(business outsourcing solutions/employer of people with disabilities)
B.S., business administration, California State University, Sacramento; M.B.A. Drexel University. Joined PRIDE in 2008; named vice president of finance in 2014, chief financial officer in 2016, president in 2018 and now holds CEO responsibilities as well. More than 22 years of domestic and international experience in accounting and finance, including positions at Oracle Corporation, Ernst & Young, and Arthur Andersen. CalChamber director since January 2019.

Sandra O. Floyd
President and Chief Executive Officer
OUTSOURCE Consulting Services, Inc.
(human capital management)
B.S. in organizational behavior, University of San Francisco. Graduate of UCLA Anderson School of Management and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management programs in entrepreneurial studies and advanced management. Founded OUTSOURCE in 1994. Recognized by San Francisco Business Times in 2019 as one of “100 Influential Bay Area Business Women.” CalChamber director since July 2010.

Craig D. Gott
Suburban Water Systems
(water and wastewater utility)
B.S., civil engineering; University of Wollongong, Australia; MBA (finance), University of La Verne. Licensed professional civil engineer with multiple certifications. Joined Suburban in 2002, serving as vice president of engineering, vice president of field operations and general manager before being named president. Previously worked for Sydney Water (Australian Water Technologies) in New South Wales, Australia. CalChamber director since January 2020.

Jennifer M. Haley
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kern Energy
(refinery and transportation fuels producer)
B.A., history, magna cum laude, University of San Diego; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, Order of the Coif. Joined Kern in 2011 as vice president with emphasis on legal and government affairs. Named president in March 2018. Previously served as an attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLP, working out of the San Diego office with the litigation, municipal and special districts practice groups. CalChamber director since July 2019.

*Taylor Hathaway-Zepeda
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
(legal services)
B.A., Harvard University; master of philosophy, University of Cambridge; J.D. Harvard University. Practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, equity investments, restructuring transactions, and general corporate governance. Before joining Gibson Dunn, served as managing law clerk to Chief Justice Sandra Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. CalChamber director since August 2023.

Kerry Tullis Hattevik
Vice President, Development
NextEra Energy Resources LLC
(clean energy development)
B.A., international studies, University of Oregon, Eugene; M.S., energy and environmental management, Norwegian School of Management BL, Sandvika, Oslo. Highest-ranking NextEra Energy executive in California. Previously president of NextEra subsidiary TransBay Cable LLC (2019–2021), preceded by a decade as regional director of west government affairs at NextEra Energy Resources. Preceding decade included stints at California Public Utilities Commission and as regulatory/government affairs manager for the West and California for nationwide energy utility NRG Energy, Inc. CalChamber director since January 2020.

Christopher S. Holben
Runyon Saltzman Inc.
(public relations)
Bachelor’s degrees in international relations and economics with a minor in business administration, American University; master’s degree in public policy, University of Michigan. Before joining Runyon Saltzman Inc. (RSE) in 2003, was a senior vice president for public affairs at Hill & Knowlton. Served as undersecretary for the California Trade and Commerce Agency for Governor Pete Wilson, Governor Wilson’s deputy director in Washington D.C., and legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Wilson, focusing on banking and agricultural issues. CalChamber director since February 2022.

*Tom Hutchinson
Vice President, Finance
(information technology)
B.A., economics, University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Certified Public Accountant. Member of American Bar Association. More than 30 years of experience advising on and managing tax issues for technology companies in Silicon Valley. Joined Google in 2003 and became head of tax a few years later. Began tax career with Arthur Andersen’s San Jose and San Francisco offices. After seven years with Arthur Andersen, spent five years working for two Silicon Valley technology companies, focused primarily on international tax issues. CalChamber director since January 2023.

Fiona Hutton-Wise
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Fiona Hutton & Associates
(communications and public affairs)
Graduate, San Diego State University. More than two decades of experience in public affairs and communications, assisting clients ranging from private and nonprofit organizations to large government agencies and trade associations. CalChamber director since February 2022.

*Fran Inman
Senior Vice President
Majestic Realty Company
(real estate services)
Bachelor’s, M.B.A., finance, California State University, Fullerton. More than two decades with Majestic Realty. Oversees government relations work for the company and serves as founding president of the Majestic Realty Foundation. Member of California Transportation Commission and National Freight Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. CalChamber director since April 2023.

Dominick C. Johnson
Reyes Beer Division, Los Angeles Market Unit
(beer distributor)
Over two decades driving sales and growth in the beer distribution industry for the largest beer distributorship in the country. Started with Reyes Beer Division in 1996, holding positions of increasing responsibility in California and on the East Coast. CalChamber director since January 2021.

Stefanie Kane
Managing Partner, Southwest Market
Graduate, Washington University, St. Louis. Nearly 30 years with company, including 15+ years as a partner. Has led service teams for several of PwC’s largest clients with primary focus on consumer-facing marketing and media businesses. Technical expertise in all aspects of financial reporting and complex capital market transactions. Previous senior leadership positions within PwC included global media; technology, media and telecommunications strategy. Also spearheaded several PwC women’s leadership initiatives. CalChamber director since June 2020.

Julie Kreger King
Greater Northern California Operations Leader
Antea Group
(engineering/environmental services)
B.S., environmental toxicology, University of California, Davis. Leads team of engineers, scientists, geologists, and environmental, health and safety regulatory experts. Before joining Antea Group, spent 23 years at super computer manufacturer Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), based in Silicon Valley, where she was global director of environmental, health and safety, and interim corporate security manager. CalChamber director since September 2018.

Janet W. Lamkin
Senior Vice President, Global Market and Community Innovation
United Airlines
(air travel services)
Named to current role in November 2020 after serving as California president since 2017. Previously was California state president at Bank of America where she spent 20 years in a variety of management positions. Former CEO of California Bankers Association. Past chair of the Bay Area Council. Member, University of California President’s Advisory Board. CalChamber director since July 2007.

Janet A. Liang
Executive Vice President, Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Care Delivery
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals
(health care services)
Bachelor’s degree, political science, Boston University; master’s degree in health administration, University of Washington. More than 30 years of experience in health care industry includes current role accountable for Kaiser Permanente’s California markets. Member of Kaiser Permanente National Executive Team. Previously served for seven years as president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals of Hawaii and held executive roles over 15 years at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington). CalChamber first vice chair and member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since August 2017.

*Charlie Lopez-Quintana
Vice President and Managing Director
ETC Hotels
(luxury hotels)
Tenured luxury hospitality executive with more than 30 years of experience in locations ranging from his hometown in Barcelona to Dubai. Has served leading California properties in both urban and resort settings. Before accepting current role, served as general manager of ETC oceanfront Hotel Casa del Mar and its sister property, Shutters on the Beach, both in Santa Monica. Previously held leadership roles with Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes and The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. CalChamber director since August 2023.

*Michelle Parker
Vice President, Space Missions Systems
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
(aerospace and defense)
Bachelor’s, mechanical engineering, Lehigh University; master’s and doctorate, mechanical engineering and applied mathematics, University of Pennsylvania. Several decades leading high-profile space programs with more than 25 years in positions of increasing responsibility within Boeing. Currently responsible for program execution, strategic direction and profit and loss for portfolio that includes government and commercial satellites, space systems architecture, national security space programs, ground systems, and subsidiaries Millennium Space Systems and Spectrolab. Began career in Thermophysics Department of Boeing Satellite Systems in 1995. CalChamber director since August 2023.

*John Rinehart
President of Business Operations
Sacramento Kings
(professional basketball team)
Bachelor’s in accounting, Villanova University. Oversees day-to-day operations of Sacramento Kings, as well as the organization’s real estate business holdings, including the Sacramento downtown shopping and entertainment district. Previously served as the company’s executive vice president of business operations and chief financial officer. Before joining the Kings, spent two years as finance director for Anaheim Sports, Inc., and two years as manager of financial reporting for the San Francisco Giants (MLB). Before starting his career in professional sports, sent five years with public accounting firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP in San Francisco. CalChamber director since September 2023.

Ariel Roblin
President and General Manager
(broadcast media)
Bachelor’s in communications and fine arts, University of Miami. Named to current post, effective July 1, 2020. Returned to Northern California after leading KETV, Omaha, one of ABC’s top-performing network affiliates. Previously was general sales manager at KRCR-TV and KAEF-TV, the BlueStone Television stations serving the Chico-Redding and Eureka, California markets. Began television career in Miami, Florida, moving on to sales positions at TV stations in Dayton, Ohio, and Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to KRCR/KAEF. CalChamber director since January 2021.

Greg Ruffoni
Vice President of Franchise Development and Operations
(energy/oil and gas)
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, San Jose State University. More than 25 years in retail and convenience industry. In various roles has overseen direct operations of stores, cultivated franchise business partnerships, developed direction of store operations and merchandising, led teams responsible for optimizing profitability across regions and states, and worked cross functionally in organizations to define new strategic direction for operations and support teams for convenience companies in North America. Named to current role in April 2022 to focus on investment into convenience as part of bp’s global Reimagining Energy initiative. Leads the visioning and strategic direction for growth through increasing collaborative business partnerships and strengthening franchise relationships nationwide. CalChamber director since November 2022.

David L. Sheridan
Vice President – Remote Sensing
Lockheed Martin
Bachelor’s in electrical engineering, Santa Clara University. Career Lockheed Martin employee with 33 years of satellite design and management experience. Before current position was vice president of the Overhead Persistent Infrared unit and program manager for the Space Based Infrared System, which provides global missile surveillance data to key government policy and decision makers. CalChamber director since July 2018.

*Sumeet Singh
Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
(natural gas/electric utility)
Bachelor’s, civil and environmental engineering, University of California Berkeley; M.B.A., UCLA Anderson School of Management. Registered professional civil engineer, California. Joined PG&E in 2000 as an engineer. Moved on to positions of increasing responsibility, including oversight of gas operations; leading efforts to reduce risk on PG&E’s electric system and work with community partners on wildfire safety and prevention; overseeing the company’s integrated workforce health and safety strategy; and managing operational and nonoperational risks. In current role is responsible for all the utility’s operations, including gas, electric and generation, as well as the Safety and Wildfire & Emergency Operations teams. CalChamber director since October 2023.

John A. Stowell
Senior Vice President, Global Tax, Incentives & International Financial Reporting
The Walt Disney Company
B.Com. (accountancy and business administration), University of Canterbury. LL.B., University of Canterbury Law School. LL.M. (with distinction), Georgetown University Law Center. CPA and Chartered Accountant. As a senior vice president for finance, John is responsible for all domestic and international tax, global incentives and international financial reporting and controllership. Began career with Deloitte (in Auckland, Los Angeles and Washington DC). Before joining Disney, held executive positions with Delphi Automotive LLP (subsequently Delphi Automotive PLC now Aptiv PLC), and Avery Dennison Corporation, where he was regional counsel for Asia Pacific and Latin America, European tax counsel (based in Switzerland), and director of tax planning and then vice president of taxes (based in Pasadena). CalChamber third vice chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since January 2017.

*David Tashjian
Senior Vice President, California Region
Has completed executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University and Wharton. More than 25 years in industry. Named to current position in September 2022. Joined Comcast in 2005, starting in Delaware, Virginia; moved on to vice president of sales and marketing in Comcast’s West Division in 2010, and vice president of sales strategy and operations in 2017. Previously worked for Dish Network in Chicago. CalChamber director since April 2023.

Kevin Tilden
California American Water
(water and wastewater utility)
B.A., University of Washington; M.B.A., Pepperdine University. More than 20 years in water industry, overseeing community and government relations, public and stakeholder outreach, business development, business performance, conservation and customer service. Also oversees company’s supplier diversity mission and renewed its inclusion and diversity program. CalChamber director since February 2022.

Michael Vomund
Vice President, Americas Products West
Chevron Corporation
Bachelor’s, civil engineering, University of California, Davis; J.D., Golden Gate University. Responsible for Chevron refineries and associated fuels marketing activities in Western United States. Previously oversaw fuels distribution and transportation operations across the Americas, including fuel distribution from Canada to Colombia via terminal, trucking and rail. Joined Chevron in 1988, holding engineering, marketing, environmental and safety, operations and corporate positions of increasing responsibility in North America and Africa. CalChamber director since March 2019.

Frank Washington
Chief Executive Officer
Crossings TV
(Asian language cable network)
B.A. from Cornell University; J.D., Yale University Law School. Was in private practice in Washington, D.C., and since 1977 has held positions in communications, including White House Office of Telecommunications Policy, Federal Communications Commission, cable television and computer information services at Times-Mirror Company and McClatchy Newspapers, and a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. Crossings TV founded in 2005. CalChamber director since January 2000.

Margaret Wong
President and Chief Executive Officer
McWong International, Inc.
(international ventures)
B.S. in economics and finance, University of Hong Kong. Corporate controller for a Bostrom Management Corporation in Chicago and vice president of American Savings and Loan before founding McWong International, Inc. in 1984. Founded McWong Environmental and Energy Group in 1997. CalChamber director since April 2011.