39. Jennifer Barrera
When we last visited Jennifer Barrera, she was executive vice president of the California Chamber of Commerce. Now, she is president and chief executive officer, replacing Allan Zaremberg, who had held the position for years. Politically, the Chamber is California’s most potent pro-business political group, and it has the money and the resources to move legislation in the Capitol, nurture like-minded political candidates, shape campaigns and keep an eye on the needs of business, especially big business. The Chamber still maintains its “job killer” list of largely Democratic bills that, it contends, are throttling businesses and working folk. Overseeing all these activities, and others, is Barrerra, who has been with the outfit for 12 years and knows it inside out. She worked on key Chamber concerns and led the advocacy on labor, employment and taxation, serving as a senior policy advocate. Barrera earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield, and a J.D. with high honors from California Western School of Law.
Updated Aug. 9, 2022