Board of Directors Bios

Board of Directors Bios

The members of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are elected by the CalChamber’s members and are ranking executives in their organizations, representing many of the state’s leading firms and industries, as well as the small business segment. These executives provide leadership as the CalChamber pursues its aggressive agenda to protect employers’ rights and interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and to foster a strong and growing economy in the state and nation.

Charles D. Ahlem
Founding Co-Owner
Hilmar Cheese Company
(global processor and supplier)
B.S. in dairy science, California State University Fresno. U.S. Army Reserve, 1968–1974, honorable discharge with rank of staff sergeant. Owner/operator of family farm, Charles Ahlem Ranch, since 1975. Founding co-owner Hilmar Cheese and business division, Hilmar Ingredients, in 1984. Active in dairy industry leadership groups. Former undersecretary, state Department of Food and Agriculture. CalChamber director since January 2017.

Don Antonucci
Senior Vice President, Employer Markets
Blue Shield of California
(health plan)
B.A., political science, State University of New York College at Cortland; M.S., public policy analysis and administration, Binghamton University, State University of New York. Close to 25 years in health insurance. Before joining Blue Shield, served as chief business development officer of 10xHealth; president of Regence BlueShield of Oregon; and held senior-level sales management and marketing roles with Anthem, Inc. (Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield). CalChamber director since July 2019.

James L. Arnone
Latham & Watkins LLP
(law firm)
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles. J.D. Harvard Law School. Began practicing law in 1990. 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 since 1996. 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.

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.

Mark S. Bertrand
Vice President, Space & Defense
Boeing Capital Corporation
(aerospace financing solutions)
Bachelor’s, finance with minor in German, Southern Methodist University. Master’s, international business administration, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona. Began finance career at Bear Stearns, Inc. in New York. Also worked at BW Bank in Stuttgart, Germany, and as director of customer finance for Lockheed Martin Finance Corporation. Joined Boeing Capital in 2002. Leads team that structures and arranges financing on behalf of Boeing Defense, Space & Security customers. CalChamber director since March 2016.

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 second vice chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since January 2014.

Charles S. Birenbaum
Chair, Northern California
Greenberg Traurig (law firm)
B.A. with honors in government, Oberlin College; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center. Labor and employment attorney with experience litigating in state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies, concentrating on traditional labor law, class actions, counseling and training, unfair competition. Author and lecturer on labor and employment issues. CalChamber director since January 2017.

Daniel W. Boyd
Boyd Consulting Services
(engineering consulting)
B.S. in civil engineering, California State Polytechnic University. Held positions of increasing responsibility with Boyle Engineering Corporation starting in 1973 through resignation from president/chief executive officer post in 2004. Headed own consulting company and served as west region senior vice president with Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc. CalChamber director since January 1999.

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.

Maryam S. Brown
Southern California Gas Company
(energy utility)
B.S., mechanical engineering, and J.D. (Order of the Coif), Louisiana State University. Named president of Southern California Gas at the start of 2019. Joined Sempra Energy in 2016 as vice president of federal government affairs. Previously served as senior energy and environment counsel for the Office of the Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and energy chief counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Began career in 1996 as maintenance engineer for Amoco Oil Company, then served as a corporate attorney in San Francisco office of international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop; manager of public policy/strategic planning for ConocoPhillips; and policy counsel to the U.S. Senate Republic Policy Committee. Member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since March 2019.

Mike Burnett
Regional Vice President of Technical Operations
Comcast California
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, University of Arkansas. Before taking current position in February 2020 held positions in Comcast West Division since 2012, including vice president of field operations in Oregon/Southwest Washington Region; and vice president of sales channel effectiveness for West Division. Previous 16-year career in executive positions with CenturyLink, developing broad expertise of all aspects of cable business. Began career in sales and marketing leadership roles at Qwest Communications and AT&T. CalChamber director since September 2020.

Michael Cahill
President, Rolling Stock
Siemens Mobility, Inc.
Nearly three decades with Siemens began as a commissioning engineer working in Germany, United States, Italy and South Korea. Before being named to current position in March 2011, held director positions in project management in transportation systems, integrated services, mobility division and rolling stock. CalChamber director since November 2011.

William R. Campbell
Managing Director
Citigroup, Inc.
(investment banking)
B.A., accounting, Siena College. Certified Public Accountant. Heads Citigroup’s investor sales and relationship management for West Coast and is a member of Citigroup’s California Business Council. Previously co-ran Investment Grade Bond Department for six years, having joined the business in 1992 after starting in the Salomon Brothers division in 1990 as part of the Securities and Exchange Commission reporting group and Treasurer’s office. Previously was a practicing accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Chamber director since March 2020.

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.

Grace Evans Cherashore
Executive Chairwoman
Evans Hotels
Graduate, University of Colorado; M.B.A., Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College. Began career in real estate industries group at Wells Fargo Bank before joining Evans Hotels in 1984 as chief financial officer. Named president and chief executive officer in March 2012. Now serves as executive chairwoman. 2019 CalChamber chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since March 2012.

Tim Condon
President and Chief Executive Officer
AAA of Northern California
(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.

Thomas Conley
Senior Vice President
State Farm Insurance Companies
Graduate, Loyola Marymount University. Joined State Farm as an agent in Arcadia, California, in 1987, holding positions of increasing responsibility in California. Stints at corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois, and Orlando, Florida, preceded return to California in 2005 in current role. CalChamber director since February 2011.

Kevin Curry
Division President
Albertsons Companies
(food and drug retailer)
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, California State University, Los Angeles; Graduate, USC Food Industry Management Program; M.B.A., University of Southern California. Named president of Southern California Division of Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions in 2020. Began grocery career in 1978 as a courtesy clerk with Alpha Beta Stores in Southern California. Started working as a staff accountant after graduating from Cal State Los Angeles, moving on to operations, sales and marketing. Then held various roles with Alpha Beta and Lucky Stores in Southern California, Northern California and Salt Lake City. Joined Raley’s in 2000 as vice president, nonperishable sales and marketing and senior vice president, sales and marketing. Joined Safeway in 2005, holding vice president roles on marketing teams for both the NorCal Division and the Corporate Office. Rejoined Raley’s in 2012 as senior vice president of sales, merchandising, distribution before returning to Albertsons Companies as grocery sales manager with the NorCal Division. Moved back to Southern California in July 2018 as vice president and general manager of the Pavilions banner stores. CalChamber director since September 2021.

Susan Corrales-Diaz
President and Chief Executive Officer

Systems Integrated (systems automation services)
B.A. in business communications, California State University, Long Beach. More than 35 years with Systems Integrated. 2017 CalChamber chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since January 1995.

Lisa Daniels
Managing Partner
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.

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.

Jeff 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.

Shawn Domeracki
General Manager
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.

Dorene C. Dominguez
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Vanir Group of Companies, Inc. (real estate developer/construction)
Bachelor’s in business finance, University of Notre Dame. Took over Vanir in 2004; now oversees 17 offices throughout country. Launched green initiative in 2008, specializing in solar energy. Ownership interest in Sacramento Kings basketball team and investor in Sacramento Republic soccer team. CalChamber director since January 2017.

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.

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.

Sandra O. Floyd
President and Chief Executive Officer
OUTSOURCE Consulting Services
(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.

Jim Foley
Lead Regional President, Pacific North Region
Well 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, president of the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System and director of Golden Pacific Bancorp. CalChamber director since January 1997.

Laurie M. Giammona
Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (natural gas/electric utility)
Joined PG&E in 2012 as vice president of customer service. Previously served as regional vice president of customer care at Comcast; vice president of customer care before the merger of Comcast and AT&T Broadband; and held executive positions at United Airlines. CalChamber director since December 2015.

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.

Lloyd Greif
President and Chief Executive Officer
Greif & Co.
(investment banking)
B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles; M.B.A., University of Southern California; J.D., Loyola Law School. Member of California Bar. Management consultant with Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte Consulting LLP) and head of investment banking for Sutro & Co. Incorporated before 1992 founding of Greif & Co., purveyor of merger/acquisition and corporate finance advisory services. CalChamber director since May 2011.

Jennifer M. Haley
Kern Oil & Refining Co.
(oil refining and marketing)
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 Oil in 2012 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.

Jeremy Harris
Western Association of Chamber Executives
(professional development association)
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (business association)
B.S., criminal justice, B.A., political science. California State University, Long Beach. Named president and CEO of Long Beach Area Chamber on July 1,2020, after serving as senior vice president overseeing public policy, communications and operations. Previously served as president and CEO of Garden Grove Chamber. Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) and graduate of U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and W.A.C.E. Academy program. CalChamber director since January 2021.

Kerry Tullis Hattevik
Trans Bay Cable LLC
(energy transmission)
B.A., international studies, University of Oregon, Eugene; M.S., energy and environmental management, Norwegian School of Management BL, Sandvika, Oslo. Elevated to current post in 2019 after a decade as regional director of west government affairs at parent company 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.

Garrett Herbert
Regional Managing Partner – West Region
(professional services)
B.A., economics/accounting, College of the Holy Cross. C.P.A., states of New York and California. Also managing partner for Deloitte’s Silicon Valley practice and adjunct member of Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness. Nearly 30 years experience includes more than 25 years in mergers and acquisitions at Deloitte and senior roles with a private equity group, private electronics manufacturer and a publicly traded internet services company. CalChamber director since April 2021.

Robert E. Hertzka, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
(medical services)
A.B., biology, University of California, Los Angeles. M.D., University of California, San Diego. Attending anesthesiologist posts and educational positions in field since 1985. Former California Medical Association president. Also active with regional and national medical associations. CalChamber director since September 2003.

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.

Christopher D. Howard
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sharp HealthCare (health care services)
B.A., M.A., University of Oklahoma, Norman; M.S., health care administration, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. More than 30 years working with integrated delivery systems, hospitals, medical groups and health plans. Before joining Sharp HealthCare served as chief operations officer for SSM Health, preceded by stints as president of SSM Health’s St. Louis and Oklahoma markets. CalChamber director since January 2020.

Mark Jansen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Diamond Growers
(tree nut processing and marketing)
M.B.A., marketing and finance, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. Named to current post in October 2010 following career in branded retail and food service business. Former president, Schwan’s Food Service in Marshall, Minnesota. Also worked for the Pillsbury Company, Edison Brothers Stores, Inc. and General Mills, Inc. 2020 CalChamber chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since February 2011.

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.

Rhonda Johnson
AT&T California
Degree in finance, with high honors, University of Illinois. Responsible for AT&T government affairs, public policy, philanthropic and social engagement issues in California. Career with AT&T since 1984 included serving as AT&T vice president of regulatory affairs in California from 2007 and nationally from 2013 until named to current position effective December 1, 2018. CalChamber director since January 2019.

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.

Kailesh Karavadra
West Growth Markets Leader
Ernst & Young LLP (accounting)
Bachelor’s, electronic engineering, UCNW, UK. Master’s, electronic engineering, UCNW, UK, specializing in artificial intelligence. Transitioning from global coordinating principal for all EY services worldwide in 2017 to focusing on recognizing world’s most exceptional entrepreneurs. 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.

John H. Kautz

Kautz Ironstone Vineyards (grower-vintner)
Lifelong farmer. Started with 12 acres; now grows on more than 5,000 acres in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills. Family owns and operates Bear Creek and Ironstone Vineyards wineries. Among top 10 wine grape growers in the state. CalChamber director since January 1994.

Kevin P. Kelly
President and Chief Executive Officer
West Valley Construction Company Inc.
(underground utility contractor)
B.S., business management, California State University, Chico. More than 30 years in underground construction industry. Joined West Valley in 1978, serving as project manager, division manager, vice president of operations and senior vice president before becoming president and CEO. CalChamber director since May 2015.

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.

John W. Koeberer
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner
Basecamp Hospitality 
Close to four decades in travel and recreational enterprises. Driving force behind California Parks Companies since its inception in 1975, overseeing operations in 23 locations throughout Northern California. Company name changing to Basecamp Hospitality on December 1, 2019 to reflect expansion of operations to Oregon, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming. CalChamber chair in 2004. CalChamber director since January 1994.

Janet W. Lamkin
California President
United Airlines
(air travel services)
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. Recent past chair of the Bay Area Council. Member, University of California President’s Advisory Board. CalChamber director since July 2007.

Jonathan K. Layne
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
(law firm)
B.A. in economics, The College of William and Mary; J.D., Emory University School of Law; M.B.A., Emory University Graduate School of Business Administration. Joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in 1979, and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate transactions. CalChamber director since January 2003.

Garrett Leaf
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.

Janet A. Liang
President – Northern California
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.
(health care services)
Bachelor’s degree, political science, Boston University; master’s degree in health administration, University of Washington. More than 25 years of experience in health care industry includes current role directing Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region (since July 2016), preceded by two years as chief operating officer, seven years as president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and executive posts over 15 years at Group Health Cooperative in Washington. CalChamber third vice chair and member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since August 2017.

Michael Lizárraga
President and Chief Executive Officer
(community development)
B.S. in business administration, University of Southern California. Joined TELACU in January 1990, managing the company’s commercial and residential real estate portfolio. Appointed president of TELACU Industries in 1995 and named president of parent company TELACU in 2007. Also serves as president of TELACU Education Foundation. CalChamber director since July 2013.

John F. Llewellyn
Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
(funeral, cemetery services)
Bachelor’s degree in economics, University of Redlands; M.B.A., University of Southern California. After working for Pacific Telephone and Allstate Insurance Company, began career with Forest Lawn in 1972, becoming president and chief executive officer in 1988 and assuming current position in March 2011. CalChamber director since January 1991.

Donna L. Lucas
President and Chief Executive Officer
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 the 1988 presidential campaign of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. CalChamber chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since August 2012.

Michael Marelli
Vice President, Business Planning
Edison International
(electric/energy utility)
B.S., mechanical and aeronautical engineering, University of California, Davis. Registered professional engineer in California. More than 25 years of experience in energy industry, holding leadership roles in engineering, marketing, business development, wholesale energy markets and regulatory affairs. Before joining Southern California Edison in 2004, spent several years developing new businesses at Sempra International and worked four years in management consulting at PA Consulting Group. Also worked for Southern California Gas Company. CalChamber director since April 2018.

Humberto Marroquin
Vice President, Mobility and Convenience, West Coast
(energy/oil and gas)
B.B.A., University of Oklahoma. M.B.A., University of Miami. Named to current position with responsibility for financial health and strategic direction of business, in November 2020. Career at BP covers 22 years and includes senior-level positions as fuels North America convenience strategy director for BP in the USA and Mexico; in BP’s lubricant division as global account director responsible for key strategic accounts; and as a sales director leading B2B lubricant sales in the marine, industrial and energy sector. CalChamber director since January 2021.

Gregory H. McWilliams
Chief Policy Officer
Five Point Communities
(designer/developer of master-planned communities)
Has led community planning development projects since the 1980s throughout the state, including serving as president of Five Point Communities, president of Newhall Land and Farming Company, president of Lennar Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and division president of KB Home. Also has served in the public sector as executive officer of the San Mateo County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO), executive officer of the California Association of LAFCOs, and city manager of Palmdale. CalChamber director 2006–2009 and July 2013–present.

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
Senior Partner
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
Senior Partner
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.

Derrick Miller
Pom Wonderful at The Wonderful Company
(growers/distributors/real estate)
B.S., organizational leadership, Purdue University (Fort Wayne). M.B.A., University of Southern California. Joined The Wonderful Company in August 2016 as director of strategy; served two years as general manager, then named to current position in October 2020. Over 18 preceding years at Nestle USA – Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream, held positions of increasing responsibility starting as forklift driver and ice cream maker, then moving on to supervisor, manager and leader posts, and finally to division champion for strategic planning and business optimization. CalChamber director since March 2019.

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
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. CalChamber director since January 2019.

Christine Moseley
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Full Harvest Technologies, Inc.
(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.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
California Community Colleges
(higher education)
B.A., environmental analysis and design, Golden West College; M.B.A., University of California, Irvine. U.S. Army veteran. Named chancellor starting December 2016. Previously served as superintendent-president, Long Beach Community College District, where he started as assistant superintendent/executive vice president, administrative services. Previous administrative posts at Oxnard College and Coast Community College District. Former adjunct faculty member in Environmental Technology Certificate Program at Golden West College. CalChamber director since February 2017.

Sima Patel
Chief Executive Officer
Ridgemont Hospitality
(hotel and lodging)
Moved to United States from India in 1979. Current owner and operator of several branded and boutique hotels in San Francisco Bay Area with husband, Pravin. The two developed first lodging property in 1985. Award recipient for activities in lodging/tourism associations and Indian American community. Former chair of Visit California Board of Directors. CalChamber director since January 2019.

William T. Quicksilver
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner Emeritus
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (law firm)
A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University; J.D., University of Chicago. Served as chief executive officer and managing partner of the firm from January 1, 2007 through June 30, 2019. Practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital market activities, corporate government, and strategic advisory services in financial services and a range of unregulated industries. CalChamber director since January 2020.

Kate Renwick-Espinosa
VSP Vision Care
(nonprofit vision benefits and services)
Bachelor’s, economics, University of California, Davis. M.B.A., California State University, Sacramento. More than 28 years at VSP includes serving as VSP Global’s first chief marketing officer. Led strategy to deliver products and services to diverse client base, from Fortune 500 companies to the federal government and small businesses. CalChamber director since April 2021.

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.

Mark A. Riley
Bank of America Central Valley
(financial services)
B.S., M.B.A. Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. University of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School. More than three decades in banking industry, starting as a customer service representative at Bank of America, Fresno and culminating with current position in December 2013. Career includes roles as loan officer, financial analyst, credit administrator, commercial loan officer and senior executive positions responsible for commercial, digital and investment banking services with Bank of America and other Fresno area financial institutions. CalChamber director since May 2021.

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.

Frederick R. Ruiz
Chairman Emeritus/Co-Founder
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.

Susan Savage
Chief Executive Officer
Sacramento River Cats
(minor league baseball franchise)
UCLA graduate. With late husband, Art Savage, purchased Triple-A franchise in October 1998 and moved team from Vancouver to Sacramento before the 2000 season. Fifth season as sole majority owner. 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. CalChamber director since January 2019.

Anthony (Tony) P. Sciarrino
Managing Director, Pacific Segment Head
JPMorgan Chase
(financial services)
B.B.A., finance, University of San Diego. Came to JP Morgan Chase in October 2018 to lead California commercial banking team. Role expanded to encompass West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) plus Hawaii and Alaska in June 2020. Also heads the firm’s national business development team. More than 29 years of experience in financial services. Previously at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was a global client acquisition executive across the United States and Canada. CalChamber director since January 2019.

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.

Amanda Smith
General Manager
Rio Tinto California Borates & Lithium
(mining and metals)
B.S., M.S., mining engineering, University of Utah. Since taking current position in December 2019, responsible for 24/7 operations at largest open pit mine in California. Previous posts with Rio Tinto include leadership role at Rio Tinto Australia operations, preceded by serving as data, technology and automation manager at Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper mine in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she began her career as a mine planning engineer in 2003. CalChamber director since September 2020.

John A. Stowell
Senior Vice President
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. Chartered Accountant. As senior vice president, corporate taxes, is responsible for all domestic and international tax matters. Began career with Deloitte in Auckland, NewZealand. Before joining Disney, held executive positions with Delphi Automotive LLP (subsequently Delphi Automotive 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 director since January 2017.

Richard Svindland
California American Water
(water and wastewater utility)
Bachelor’s, civil engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Master’s, civil engineering, University of Kentucky. Named to current position effective March 1, 2017. More than 25 years of experience in water and wastewater fields, serving most recently as vice president of operations at California American Water. Previously led engineering at California American Water and worked extensively on various projects in company’s southeast region. CalChamber director since May 2017.

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 20 years of Allstate experience includes assignments in claims, human resources, sales, sales management, agency management and education management. CalChamber director since December 2013.

Eric W. Thornburg
President and Chief Executive Officer
SJW Group and San Jose Water
(investor-owned water and wastewater utility)
B.A., Cornell University. M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University. Before taking current position in November 2017, served as president and CEO of Connecticut Water Service (since 2006) and chairman of the board of the water service (since 2007). Also previously served as president of Missouri-American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Works Corporation, and Central Region vice president-external affairs for American Water Works Corporation. CalChamber director since April 2018.

Thomas M. Troy
President and Chief Executive Officer

CSAA Insurance Group (personal property and casualty insurance)
Bachelor’s, University of Washington; M.B.A., Seattle University. More than 30 years of insurance experience before joining CSAA in 2019, including executive vice president at Allstate Business Insurance and Allstate Brand Operations; executive vice president and chief operating officer with Liberty Mutual; and senior leadership positions with Safeco Corporation. Also was commercial underwriter with Kemper National Insurance Companies. CalChamber director since January 2020.

Stan O. Van Vleck
Van Vleck Ranch
(cattle ranching, resource operations)
B.S., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Family business founded in 1856 includes holdings in Sacramento, Amador, El Dorado counties. Also chairman of Downey Brand, LLP regional law firm; owner of Cal Connected, governmental relations adviser. Previously served for a California Governor and a U.S. Senator. CalChamber director since January 2015.

Mike 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.

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, April 2011–December 2013, while Northern California president at U.S. Bank; and since February 2018 as City National executive vice president.

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.

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.

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.

Stuart Patrick Woolf
President and Chief Executive Officer
Woolf Farming & Processing (agricultural production/processing)
Bachelor’s in liberal arts, University of California, Berkeley; M.B.A., Boston College. Also managing partner for two related entities of family-owned operation—Harris Woolf California Almonds and Los Gatos Tomato Products. Former chairman of California League of Food Processors and the Almond Board of California. CalChamber director since January 2017.

Jessica Word
Word & Brown General Agency (developer/distributor of health benefit/insurance plans)
B.B.A., California State University, Fullerton; Registered Health Underwriter (RHU). Before taking current position in April 2013, was executive vice president of operations for General Agency. Began career as a renewal specialist with CaliforniaChoice, then worked in sales and claims and benefits administration, then broker services, earning several promotions before moving to the company’s operations and management unit. CalChamber director since January 2020.