We advocate on behalf of the over 600,000 AAPI owned businesses in the state of California


In addition to improving access and opportunities for the AAPI and business communities in existing sectors, an important part of the CalAsian Chamber’s policy work involves identifying new business opportunities in emerging industries. In California, this can include anything from renewable energy solutions to the newly legalized cannabis industry to the wide-ranging technology innovations that have today’s entrepreneurs shaping the way we live, work, and move. The CalAsian Chamber seeks to ensure that AAPI businesses have the access and information necessary to participate in the next economy, however that may come to evolve.


 Through Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), CalAsian is strategically aligned with over 40 community organizations throughout the state that represent the diverse AAPI community and its network of partners.




Meet elected officials throughout the state at our roundtable conversations and share your priorities as a member of the local diverse business community.

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Let us help to make your voice heard in Sacramento and Washington D.C.!



The CalAsian Chamber’s Public Policy Committee is tasked with considering and making recommendations on issues that align with the CalAsian Chamber’s mission and reflect the CalAsian Chamber’s policy priorities as outlined in the Legislative Agenda. This year, the CalAsian Public Policy Committee consists of the following subcommittees: Business Advisory, Cannabis, Education & Workforce, Business Finance, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Technology and Innovation.


If interested in joining the CalAsian Chamber Public Policy Committee, please contact David Nelson at

Pat Fong Kushida, President & CEO
CalAsian Chamber of Commerce

John Gutierrez, Chair

Heidi Barsuglia


Jofil Borja

California Transportation Commission

Rachelle Chong

Strategic Consulting & Law Offices of Rachelle Chong

John Costa

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Eugene Eng

Eng Ventures, LLC

Rob Fong

RFK Consulting


Nicolina Hernandez

Sempra Energy

Lambert Hsu

Benefit Pro Insurance Services


Joan Kerr

Pacific Gas & Electric Company


Kirk Kleinschmidt

Kaiser Permanente

Kathy McKim

The Hawksbill Group

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell

Sempra Energy

Traci Lee


Carl Sasaki

Crowe LLP

Rita Speck

Kaiser Permanente


Vince Wetzel

State Farm Insurance


Andy Wong

Wells Fargo Bank


Ron Wong

Imprenta Communications Group


CC Yin

Yin McDonalds



  • Legislative Listening Tour with Assemblymember Rob Bonta
    Elihu M. Harris State Office Building
    Oct 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
    This event provides a small group setting where the business community can learn about what their elected representatives are doing, ask questions, & share their ideas, challenges.
  • 6th Annual California Policy Summit
    Google Community Space
    Oct 10, 2019, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    Google Community Space, 188 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
    The California Policy Summit brings the state’s diverse business community together with policymakers, industry leaders, and subject matter experts for an engaging conversation around key policy issues of the day.
  • Legislative Listening Tour
    Silicon Valley
    Oct 11, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    This event provides a small group setting where the business community can learn about what their elected representatives are doing, ask questions, & share their ideas, challenges.