Board of Directors Bios

Charles D. Ahlem
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.

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.

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.

Elaine Barden
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Comcast California
B.A., rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley. More than 30 years of marketing, sales and general management experience in technology and entertainment industry. New product launches include Comcast Home Security and Xfinity Mobile services. Early in career was general manager, then director of operations in San Francisco Bay Area for United Artists/TCI. CalChamber director since July 2018.

Nils Behnke
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.

Mark 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 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. CalChamber director since January 2018.

The Honorable Kathleen L. Brown
Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
(law firm)
B.A., history, Stanford University; J.D. Fordham University Law School. Practice focuses on business counseling, government and regulatory affairs, particularly as they relate to the health care, energy and financial services industries. Held senior executive positions over 18 years in banking and financial services, including posts at Goldman Sachs, Inc., and Bank of America. Sixteen years of public sector service included one term as California state treasurer. CalChamber director since June 2015.

John R. Buchanan
U.S. Tax Managing Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Graduate of Baylor University. CPA in California and Texas. More than 30 years of experience delivering leading-edge tax services to domestic and multinational clients, most recently in the high-tech industry. Serves as senior relationship partner or lead tax partner on several of the firm’s largest clients. Previously served firm as West Region vice chair and tax leader, and tax leader for the San Francisco, San Jose and Dallas markets. CalChamber director since June 2018.

Michael Cahill
President, Rail Systems Division
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Twenty-two years with Siemens began as a commissioning engineer working in Germany, United States, Italy and South Korea. Before being named to current position in October 2011, held director positions in project management in transportation systems, integrated services, mobility division and rolling stock. CalChamber director since November 2011.

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. CalChamber first vice chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since March 2012.

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.

Richard Cohen
Managing Director
Rio Tinto Borates
(industrial mineral supply and science)
Bachelor’s in commerce and engineering with 1st Class Honors, University of Western Australia. Leads global team across six sites in USA and Europe. Since joining Rio Tinto in 1994, has held managing roles in Rio Tinto iron ore business in Australia, as well as managed and executed a variety of critical projects. Before current post, was managing director over Rio Tinto Project Services for Growth and Innovation. CalChamber director since July 2018.

Sheila Condon
Vice President, Enterprise Services
IBM Corporation
(information technology)
Attended Santa Clara University. More than 25 years in sales management, consulting and leadership roles at IBM. Currently leads team of regional managers and sales executives responsible for integrating IBM’s portfolio of software, services and hardware offerings. Also active in Women in Leadership education, mentoring, career development and community building activities at IBM. CalChamber director since February 2013.

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.

Craig Cooper
Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President

The Wonderful Company (growers/distributors/real estate)
B.S. in business administration, University of Southern California; J.D., magna cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University). Joined company in 2002. Previously partner at Loeb & Loeb; also worked for Orrick in Los Angeles and Kaye, Scholer in New York. Adjunct professor at USC School of Law for last 10 years. CalChamber director since January 2017.

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.

Michael Cunningham
National University System (higher education)
Bachelor’s in business administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; master’s and Ph.D., New York University. Joined system as president of National University in July 2013. Elevated to current post in October 2013. Entered education industry after 25 years as entrepreneur and business leader, including founder and CEO of multinational graphics communications company; CEO of global graphics firm; and group president for Automatic Data Processing (ADP). CalChamber director since January 2017.

John F. Daegele
Vice President—Space Systems
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Electrical engineering degree, University of Notre Dame. Master’s in electrical engineering, University of Southern California. Responsible for system engineering, integration, test and launch, ground systems and program planning processes and products for all programs and new business pursuits. CalChamber director since December 2008.

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.

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, and the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. 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.

Dominic Engels
Chief Executive Officer
Stone Brewing
(craft brewer)
Graduate, Dartmouth College; M.B.A., finance, strategy and marketing, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Joined Stone Brewing in September 2016 from The Wonderful Company, where he held multiple leadership positions over more than 11 years, including president of the pomegranate business and running European and Middle East operations for the pomegranate and pistachio businesses. Previously held operational and managerial roles in golf industry (Armour, Spaulding/Top-Flite), management consulting (McKinsey & Co.) and retail (The Gap). CalChamber director since May 2017.

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.

Michael Feldman
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.

Brant Fish
Vice President, Americas Products, West
Chevron Corporation
Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, University of Florida. Responsible for Chevron refineries and associated fuel marketing activities in the Western Continent plus Hawaii. Joined Chevron in 1986, holding positions of increasing responsibility in refining, marketing, supply chain, trading, strategy development and corporate staff in Hawaii, North America and Asia. CalChamber director since January 2015.

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. CalChamber director since July 2010.

Vintage Foster
AMF Media Group (marketing)
Bachelor’s in journalism, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before starting AMF, worked for two decades in newspaper industry as reporter, editor and editorial writer at Charlotte Observer and Detroit Free Press, then publisher and CEO of East Bay Business Time and Silicon Valley Business Journal. Past chairman and founder of Bay Area Leadership Foundation. CalChamber director since January 2017.

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.

Richard B. Fowler III
Director, California Operations
Antea Group
(engineering/environmental services)
B.S. in environmental toxicology, University of California, Davis; J.D, Western State University. Previously with SLR International, and before joining SLR International, managed activities in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam for Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure; worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and several Fortune 500 environmental and engineering firms. CalChamber director since February 2010.

David Galasso
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.

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.

Dan Gordon
Chief Operating Officer
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Bachelor’s in resource economics, University of California, Berkeley. First American in more than 40 years to graduate from five-year brewing engineering program at Technical University of Munich. Interned at Spaten Brewery, Munich. Technical translator at Lowenbrau Consulting. Opened first Gordon Biersch brewery restaurant in Palo Alto in 1988. CalChamber director since March 2005.

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.

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.

Mark R. Hutchins
Managing Partner
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.

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. CalChamber second vice chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since February 2011.

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 director since January 2016.

Paul Kaufman
West Segment Manager, Commercial Banking
JPMorgan Chase
(financial services)
B.S., Northern Illinois University; M.B.A. in finance, DePaul University. Twenty-three years of banking experience, all with Chase Middle Market Banking and its predecessor organizations. Previously was head of California for Middle Market Banking, overseeing five markets in California. Relocated from Chicago to become market manager for Orange County in 2009. CalChamber director since February 2014

John H. Kautz

Kautz Ironstone Vineyards (grower-vintner)
Life-long 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.

John W. Koeberer
Chief Executive Officer and President
California Parks Company
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. 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.

Janet A. Liang
President – Northern California Region
Kaiser Foundation 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 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
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.

William M. Lyles
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lyles Diversified, Inc.
(construction and manufacturing company with diversified interests in real estate development and farming)
B.S. in civil engineering, Purdue University. Served in U.S. Navy Engineering Corps. Held management positions at W.M. Lyles Company starting in 1957; named to current position in 1984. CalChamber director since January 1997.

Terry MacRae
Chief Executive Officer, President and Founder
Hornblower Cruises & Events
(charter yacht, dining cruises)
B.S. in mechanical engineering, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Began career as an environmental engineer. Purchased small charter yacht operation in 1980, expanding operations to 35-boat company including cruises to Alcatraz and Statue of Liberty. 2018 CalChamber chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since May 2009.

Michael Marelli
Vice President, Business Customer Division
Southern California Edison
(electric 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.

Jonathan O. Mayes
Senior Vice President
Albertsons Companies (food and drug retailer)
Bachelor of science, Warner Pacific College. J.D., Willamette University College of Law. Began legal career at Donahue, Gallagher, Thomas & Woods, moving on to serve as senior counsel at Lucky Stores, then senior counsel at Safeway Inc. Assumed current position in 2010, leading external relations, corporate social responsibility, supplier diversity, government relations and philanthropic departments. CalChamber director since January 2016.

Ken McNeely
President, Pacific Region
Graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Howard University School of Law. Joined AT&T in 1991 and has served as regulatory attorney, vice president law and government affairs for Florida, and for the Pacific Region, which includes California, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii. Named president of AT&T California in November 2000. Responsibilities expanded to encompass Pacific Region in 2018. CalChamber director since January 2002.

Gregory H. McWilliams
Five Point Communities
(designer/developer of master-planned communities)
His 33 years in community planning development include serving as president of Lennar Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, division president of KB Home, and service in the public sector as city manager of Palmdale and executive officer of San Mateo County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO). CalChamber director 2006–2009. 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-in-Charge-of-Design
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
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.

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.

Elizabeth Minick
Managing Director, Local Market Executive
Bank of America
(financial services)
B.A., communications, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Joined Bank of America in 1998, holding positions in operations, product management and sales within the global transaction services division. Has headed the bank’s global cross-currency product, global corporate sales, global strategic solution delivery team and U.S. corporate treasury sales, as well as sales teams for large corporate clients in energy/power and consumer/retail markets. CalChamber director since July 2018.

Christine Moseley
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.

Michael W. Murphy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sharp HealthCare
(health care services)
Graduate, California State University, Long Beach. C.P.A. More than 20 years in health care, working in public accounting industry specializing in health care, including as a partner with Deloitte and Touche before joining Sharp as chief financial officer of Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Held system-wide positions directing major business transactions and financial accounting and reporting before being named to current position in June 1996. 2016 CalChamber chair and member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since July 2010.

Janet Napolitano
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.

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.

Pat Patrick
Immediate Past Chairman
Western Association of Chamber Executives (professional development association)
Lodi District Chamber of Commerce (business association)
B.B.A. marketing and psychology, University of Texas, Arlington. Graduate, Institute for Organization Management. President and chief executive officer of Lodi Chamber since 2001. Previously held marketing positions at Foster Farms Poultry and Tyson Foods. CalChamber director since February 2017.

Dr. Richard L. Pattenaude
President Emeritus
Ashford University
(higher education)
Bachelor’s in economics, San Jose State University, Ph.D. in political science, University of Colorado. More than 40 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 US
(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
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.

Anthony L. Sabatino
Region President
Securitas Security Services USA Inc.
(security services)
B.S. in economics and business administration, Wagner College. Securitas executive training graduate. Entered security services in 1991, holding positions of increasing responsibility with Burns International Security Services, then moving to an executive post with Securitas in 2001. Named to his current position in 2004. CalChamber director since March 2008.

Donna Sanker
Chief Operating Officer
ampm and ARCO
(retail and fuels)
Bachelor’s, University of Pennsylvania; master’s, University of Southern California. Joined BP in 1996 and has held various marketing, operations, logistics and manufacturing positions throughout her career. In current role oversees BP’s West Coast retail business in the United States, including franchise network of ampm and ARCO sites. Before joining BP, was a project engineer managing commercial construction projects. CalChamber director since January 2018; previously director from July 2013–March 2016.

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.

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.

Christina S. Sistrunk
President and Chief Executive Officer
Aera Energy LLC
(oil and gas production)
Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, The Ohio State University. Began career with Amoco Production Company in Louisiana. Joined Shell in 1998, holding technical and management positions in the Gulf of Mexico and for the Americas. Gained global exploration/production responsibilities based in The Netherlands. Returned to U.S. as vice president of production assets for Gulf of Mexico and later Arctic development before promotion to current position. CalChamber director since July 2015.

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 Company
(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.

Elliott Troshinsky
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.

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.

Eugene J. Voiland
Voiland Enterprises, LLC
B.S. in chemical engineering, Washington State University. Former president and chief executive officer of Aera Energy LLC, Bakersfield from formation of Aera following merger of California exploration and production operations of Shell and Mobil in 1997 until 2007. Twenty-eight year career with Shell Oil (partner in Aera) in Texas and California. CalChamber chair in 2005. CalChamber director since 1993.

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.

Todd Walthall
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.

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.

Kenneth H. Weixel
Managing Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP
(audit, consulting, advisory and tax services)
B.S., accounting, Capital University. CPA. Graduate, Columbia University Graduate School of Business Leadership Development Program and Wharton School of Executive Leadership Program. Began career with Deloitte 35 years ago. Has served as managing partner of the health care and life sciences industry practices in Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles and now San Diego. CalChamber director since February 2018.

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.

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.

Martha B. Wyrsch
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Sempra Energy
(energy services)
Bachelor’s, English literature, University of Wyoming. Law degree, George Washington University. Completed Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Before joining Sempra Energy in 2013, served as president of Vestas American Wind Systems with direct responsibility for all North America; and for nearly 10 years at Duke Energy and its spin-off, Spectra Energy Corp., including president and CEO posts. CalChamber director since July 2018.

Michael Ziegler
President and Chief Executive Officer
PRIDE Industries
(business outsourcing solutions/employer of people with disabilities)
San Francisco State University; M.B.A., University of San Francisco; Stanford Small Business Executive Program; honorary Ph.D., Golden Gate University. General manager of large retail companies before assuming current post in 1983. CalChamber director since September 2004.