75. Rob Lapsley
Rob Lapsley, who was chief of staff to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, is the president of the California Business Roundtable, a nonpartisan, pro-business group that’s not the Chamber of Commerce. The Roundtable, comprised of senior executives from around the state, seeks a better business climate and includes improvements in infrastructure and public education as a way to get there. The group also favors easing regulations and a tax overhaul – common themes of most business groups – but the Roundtable also has a strong research component, in part to serve as a basis for any legislation it may support. Lapsley took the helm in 2011, and during his tenure, CBRT has boosted its profile, launching the nonpartisan California Center for Jobs and the Economy, and, in collaboration with the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the California Latino Economic Institute.
Updated Aug. 29, 2o17