2021 CalChamber Board Candidates
*First Election for Three-Year Term
James (Jim) 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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Northern California Market
UnitedHealthcare (health care services)
B.A., sports management, Bowling Green State University. More than 20 years of industry leadership, sales and marketing expertise and executive management. Numerous market leadership roles since joining UnitedHealthcare in 2007. In current role facilitates market-wide growth strategies across provider systems, consultants, distribution, sales, marketing and alliances. New candidate.
*John H. Campbell
President, Pacific Region
Securitas (protective services)
B.S., California Polytechnic University; M.B.A, University of Phoenix. Graduate, Securitas Executive Training Program. Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Board Certified Security Expert. Responsible for operations in California and Hawaii. Has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining Securitas in 2005, including president of Canada. Previous stints in sales with T-Mobile USA, CentreCom and AT&T Wireless. New candidate.
Vice President and General Manager, California Operations
Green Diamond Resource Company (forest products)
B.A., history, Carnegie Mellon University; M.B.A., George Washington University. Joined Green Diamond in July 2008 as senior business analyst in Seattle; moved on to be general manager for company’s wood chip export business in Eureka, California, and log sales manager for Oregon Operations in Klamath Falls; began current role in January 2019. Before joining Green Diamond, was a finance professional at Weyerhaeuser Company, Safeco Insurance Company and Intel Corporation, as well as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. New candidate.
*Dr. Joseph I. Castro
The California State University (higher education)
B.A., political science; M.A., public policy, University of California, Berkeley. Ph.D., higher education policy and leadership, Stanford University. Before taking over as chancellor of The California State University in January 2021, served as president of California State University, Fresno from 2013. Previously worked in University of California system for 23 years, including vice chancellor of student academic affairs and professor of family and community medicine at UC San Francisco from 2006 to 2013; and faculty or administrative leadership positions at four other UC campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Barbara. CalChamber director since May 2021.
President and Chief Executive Officer
AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (insurance/membership services)
Business administration degree, University of Western Ontario. Studied strategic leadership at Oxford University and corporate social responsibility at Harvard University. Joined AAA in 2014 after four years as CEO of Canada’s British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), named one of Best 50 Employers in Canada. Previously held variety of roles at Canadian Tire Corporation. CalChamber director since January 2021.
KPMG LLP (accounting)
B.S., Pepperdine University. Leads market strategy for team members across eight states in KPMG’s Bay Area and Northwest market. Before taking over as managing partner of KPMG’s San Francisco office, served as managing partner of KPMG’s Silicon Valley and Phoenix offices. Recognitions include San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2018, CalCPA 2019 Women to Watch, and 2020 Great Place to Work for All Leadership Award. CalChamber director since September 2020.
Toyota Motor North America (motor vehicle manufacturing/sales)
Responsible for sales success for Toyota in Southern California. Previously responsible for maximizing sales and customer experience for Toyota in Pacific Northwest, covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Other managerial roles since joining Toyota in 1992 include vehicle sales and services in Western United States for Lexus and in Denver region supporting operations in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. New candidate.
*Dr. Michael V. Drake, M.D.
University of California (higher education)
B.A., Stanford University; M.D. and residency, UC San Francisco. Ophthalmology training at UCSF and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Before appointment as 21st UC president in August 2020, served as president of Ohio State University. Time at OSU preceded by service in several roles at UC, including nine years as chancellor of UC Irvine and five years as systemwide vice president for health affairs. Also spent more than two decades on faculty of UCSF School of Medicine. Author of numerous articles and co-author of six books. CalChamber director since September 2020.
Timothy S. Dubois
Ciervo Advisors Corporation (consultant to luxury hotels)
Graduate, Washington State University with business degree in hotel administration. Formed advisory firm at the start of 2019, following decades in the hospitality industry. Experience includes serving as president of The Edward Thomas Collection, a private hotel holding and management firm whose current holdings include Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa Del Mar, both in Santa Monica. Previously spent 17 years with DoubleTree Hotels, rising to position of western division vice president. CalChamber chair in 2012. CalChamber director since January 2007.
Lead Regional President, Pacific North Region
Wells Fargo & Company (financial services)
Bachelor’s, business administration, Furman University. M.B.A., University of Miami. Responsible for 6,000 team members and 543 banking branches across Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Began 32-year career in financial services as a management trainee at Wachovia. CalChamber director since April 2021.
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 and Chief Operating Officer
Blue Shield of California (health plan)
B.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. M.S., health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health. Nearly 30 years of experience in health care strategy, policy, finance and philanthropy. Before joining Blue Shield of California, served as executive vice president of government programs and diversified business and senior vice president and chief strategy officer with GuideWell and Florida Blue. Also served as president of Optum Federal, preceded by 13 years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Led Massachusetts implementation of Affordable Care Act as special assistant to Massachusetts governor; previously served as commissioner of agency responsible for managing and monitoring implementation of that state’s landmark 2006 health care reform law. New candidate.
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. CalChamber first vice chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since January 2016.
Chief Financial Officer
Health Net of California (managed care organization/health insurance)
Bachelor’s in business administration, California State University, Chico. Before current role, served as president and CEO of SilverSummit Healthplan, a managed care organization and wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation. Joined Centene in 2014 as senior vice president of finance for company’s California health plan. Previously vice president of enterprise operations at Delta Dental of California and had executive-level finance experience at Blue Shield of California. CalChamber director since September 2020.
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. 2021 CalChamber 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 + Engineers (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.
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.
Peter C. Nelson
Chairman of the Board
California Water Service Company (water utility)
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.
Rudolph (Rudy) M. 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.
Director of Corporate and Community Relations
Ruiz Foods (frozen food company)
Graduate, California State University, Fresno. Third generation owner of Ruiz Foods and member of company Board of Directors for 10 years. Inaugural president of Owner’s Council, made up of all shareholders of the business. Began career in retail sales, calling on California grocery store chains. Also held positions in food service sales, quality assurance, logistics and administration. New candidate.
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. CalChamber director since January 2019.
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.
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.
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.