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Allan Zaremberg

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Allan Zaremberg

Allan Zaremberg is president and chief executive officer of the California Chamber of Commerce. He took over the top staff position in 1998 after six years as executive vice president and head of the California Chamber’s legislative advocacy program.

Enhancing the state’s economic growth has been the goal of Zaremberg’s activities at the California Chamber. He has headed statewide ballot campaigns to oppose anti-business proposals that would have raised health care costs, electricity rates and public works costs. In the legislative arena, he led negotiations culminating in adoption of comprehensive reforms of the state workers’ compensation system, endangered species laws and other key issues to improve California’s business climate.

He also serves on a number of public policy boards and commissions geared toward improving the California economy.

Before joining the California Chamber, Zaremberg served as chief legislative advisor to and advocate for California Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian. In that capacity, Zaremberg helped guide enactment of transportation, education, health and welfare, and tax reforms.

He came to the Governor’s staff from the state Department of Justice, where he was a deputy attorney general specializing in legislative advocacy.

Zaremberg practiced law in Sacramento from 1978 to 1980, and served as a captain and flight navigator on a KC-135 jet air refueling tanker while in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1975.

He holds a B.S. in economics from Penn State University and a J.D. from the McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific, where he was a member of the Law Journal.

The California Chamber encompasses a broad-based membership of over 15,000 firms of all kinds and sizes, as well as 450 local chambers of commerce and 200 trade associations. Through its grassroots action program, the California Chamber reaches out to a statewide network of 275,000 small business owners. The California Chamber also offers a variety of services to help businesses comply with complex laws and regulations, as well as compete in the international marketplace.

Meetings Attended:

Commission Meeting -- March 20-21, 2007