2019 Public Affairs Conference – October 15-16

CalChamber’s Public Affairs Conference website is now open for business, so take the opportunity to check out the outline of this year’s agenda and register now. The conference will be held October 15-16, 2019 at the Fashion Island Hotel, Newport Beach.

This conference draws a bipartisan group of legislators and more than 100 attendees from the California employer community, presenting a great opportunity to feature your company, so please consider becoming one of our sponsors.

More speakers and panelists will be named soon.  Visit the event site to see details on lodging, contacts, and registration.

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.

November 2018 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

CalChamber Public Affairs Conference Hosts Panel of Incoming Legislators

2019 Legislative Freshman

An afternoon session on the first day of the CalChamber Public Affairs Conference on November 27 gives attendees a chance to get better acquainted with (from left) Assemblymember-elect Robert Rivas (D-Hollister), Senators-elect Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) and Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera), Assemblymembers-elect Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) and Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas), Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) and Assemblymember-elect Tyler Diep (R-Westminster). Newly elected and returning legislators will convene in Sacramento on Monday, December 3.

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.

See more photos below.

See #PAConference18 for tweets posted during the conference.


November 2018 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference

Experts Examine Implications of Election Politics

Former California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (left) assesses the future of California and national political parties in response to questions from CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg at the CalChamber Public Affairs Conference on November 28.

Robert Green (left) and Adam Rosenblatt of PSB Research share results of the CalChamber’s Annual Survey of California Voter Attitudes on November 27, the first day of the 2018 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference in Huntington Beach.


Presenting a legislative perspective on climate resiliency and critical infrastructure issues are (from left) Assemblymembers Tom Daly (D-Anaheim); Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters); Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton); Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield); and now-Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee). CalChamber Policy Advocate Leah Silverthorn (right), moderates the discussion on the second day of the conference.


(From left) Martin Wilson, CalChamber executive vice president, public affairs, moderates a review of the 2018 California election with Andrew Acosta, Acosta Consulting; Christy Wilson, Wilson Public Relations; and Jessica Millan Patterson, California Trailblazers, on the first day of the conference.


(From left), Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), Assemblymembers Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) and Kevin Kiley (R-Granite Bay), Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa), and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) share some legislative priorities for 2019–2020 with conference attendees during the closing session as Jennifer Barrera, CalChamber executive vice president, policy, moderates.


Rob Stutzman (right), Stutzman Public Affairs, moderates as Paul Begala (center), CNN, and Mike Murphy, Revolution Agency, speculate during the November 28 conference luncheon about what could happen in the 2020 Presidential election.

CalChamber Policy Advocate Sarah Boot (left), moderates a review of the California Consumer Privacy Act with panelists Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law; and Tanya Forsheit, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, in the opening session of the second day of the CalChamber Public Affairs Conference on November 28.

Discussing climate resiliency and critical infrastructure on the second day of the conference are (from left) moderator  Adam Regele, CalChamber policy advocate; Jim Branham, Sierra Nevada Conservancy; Brandon Goshi, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Adrian Covert, Bay Area Council.

Photos by Matt Lara


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. See the agenda, or follow #PAConference16.

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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