Public Affairs


2022 Public Affairs Conference: November 29–30AgendaRegister

Public Affairs Overview

The Public Affairs Council advises the CalChamber President and Board of Directors on key political issues affecting the business community, particularly ballot measure campaigns and the endorsements of the CalChamber political action committee.

The council includes government relations executives and chief executive officers whose companies are CalChamber members at the Advocate level or higher. It serves as a networking platform for these high-level representatives of CalChamber major member companies to share information and resources from colleagues around the state.

Public Affairs Council members convene via semi-annual conferences or conference calls as needed. At these gatherings, renowned political strategists and government leaders share their expertise on cutting-edge issues, providing an insider’s look at the political and legislative climate.


October 2021 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

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Governor’s Top Advisers Share Anecdotes

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CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg (left) moderates as Jim DeBoo, executive secretary to Governor Gavin Newsom, and Ana Matosantos, Cabinet secretary, talk about what it’s like to work in the Governor’s office at the CalChamber Public Affairs Conference on October 27. More photos. Photo by Matt Lara

First-Time Legislators Recount Experience at CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

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An afternoon session on October 26, the first day of the CalChamber Public Affairs Conference this week, gives attendees a chance to learn more about some of the new legislators. From left are CalChamber moderator Adam Regele, Assembly Member Suzette Valladares (R-Santa Clarita), Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine), Assembly Members Akilah Weber, M.D. (D-San Diego), Laurie Davies (R-Laguna Nigel) and Megan Dahle (R-Bieber), and Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa). Photo by Matt Lara

Pollsters, Pundits, Public Officials Offer Insights on Past, Future Political Landscape


October 2019 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

Photos by Matt Lara


November 2018 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

CalChamber Public Affairs Conference Hosts Panel of Incoming Legislators

An opportunity to get better acquainted with members of the 2019 legislative freshman class was among the agenda items on the first day of the 2018 California Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Conference on November 27 in Huntington Beach.

CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg served as moderator of the “New Kids on the Block” legislative panel, which also included current Senator Ling Ling Chang, a previous Assembly member who took office following a special election in June. Read more and see more photos.

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Experts Examine Implications of Election Politics

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October 2017 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

Day 1 –  Voter Attitudes, California 2018 Election, State Housing Crisis

Day 2 – National Elections, Media Comments, D.C. Insights, Legislative Review and Tech Caucus


November 2016 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

Mark McKinnon, the co-creator and co-host of Showtime’s hit documentary series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth on this year’s presidential election, was the special guest luncheon speaker at the California Chamber of Commerce annual Public Affairs Conference.

Day 1 – Opening Session, 2016 Election Campaign Trail, and Incoming Freshman Class

Day 2 – Federal 2016 Election Campaign Trail, Panel Discussion with Legislative Caucus Chairs, Luncheon with Special Guest Mark McKinnon, Policy Panel: Tax Reform


November 2015 Public Affairs Council Conference

With 2016 being an election year, the California Chamber of Commerce 2015 Fall Public Affairs Conference brought together insiders from both major parties to offer insights and predictions on key statewide and legislative races, plus the race for the White House and upcoming California ballot initiatives. The conference also featured one panel of state legislators giving a review of the 2015 legislative session, with a second panel offering a preview of 2016. Pollster and media pundit Dr. Frank Luntz gave the luncheon address on “Words that Matter.”

2015 Fall Public Affairs Conference Day One Recap: Insights and Predictions

2015 Public Affairs Conference Day Two: Data Security, Presidential Race, Reform Priorities


November 2014 Public Affairs Council Conference

Lawmakers, experts, and journalists discussed election results, state policies, and political strategies at the California Chamber of Commerce 2014 Fall Public Affairs Conference.

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Marty WilsonMartin R. Wilson
Executive Vice President,
Public Affairs