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 2022 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference
Legislators, policy experts and opinion leaders gathered at the CalChamber Public Affairs Conference on November 29–30 to share insights on the 2022 election results and California policy issues, past and future. See #PAConference22 for tweets posted during the conference.
Photos by Matt Lara
CalChamber Public Affairs Conference Offers Insights on Political Landscape
CalChamber Public Affairs Conference Gives New Legislators Chance to Tell Their Stories
First-time legislators have an opportunity to recount their journeys to office in a panel discussion on November 29, the first day of the CalChamber Public Affairs Conference.
October 2021 CalChamber Public Affairs Conference
See #PAConference21 for tweets posted during the conference.
Governor’s Top Advisers Share Anecdotes
First-Time Legislators Recount Experience at CalChamber Public Affairs Conference
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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See #PAConference18 for tweets posted during the conference.
Experts Examine Implications of Election Politics
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.
- Public Affairs Conference Features Multiple Views of November Election(Alert 12/2/2016)
- New Faces Head for Sacramento Assembly (Alert 12/2/2016)
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.”
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.
Martin R. Wilson
Executive Vice President,