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CalAsian Chamber of Commerce

2331 Alhambra Blvd

Suite 100

Sacramento, CA 95817


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


In addition to improving access and opportunities for the API 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 API 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 API 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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Request for Proposal

California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

Lobbying Services

The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting proposals for the selection of a

lobbying firm (firm) for two years commencing March 2019, with options to extend at the discretion of

CalAsian Chamber. If interested, please click the link below for more information.



CalAsian Chamber has identified five policy priorities for 2019. In addition, the policy team engages on select key issues on an ongoing basis, to include:

  • Regulatory reform

  • Supplier diversity

  •  International trade and investment

  • Census 2020

  • Immigration

  • In-language translation

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Social justice


As a forward-leaning organization, CalAsian has become actively involved in the evolution of the emerging cannabis industry throughout the state. The development of local and state policies to regulate this new industry has created high demand for knowledge and education, particularly from small businesses and entrepreneurs.

CalAsian aims to provide a network of education, information, and resources that help to clarify the quickly evolving abundance of regulatory guidelines in California’s cannabis industry. It seeks to advocate on behalf of the API and small business community as the cannabis industry’s regulatory scheme continues to unfold, improve their understanding and compliance with cannabis regulation, and closely track legislation that may affect their ability to compete in this industry.

Education & Workforce

A skilled and educated workforce is integral to the success of California’s small businesses and their ability to compete locally and abroad. California needs a workforce that is competent, competitive, creative, and prepared to meet the needs of the state’s economy and employers as they continue to transform. California is also home to the largest and most diverse student population in the country. Investment in public education is paramount – student achievement is the single best public policy predictor of a thriving state economy. Employers will be more competitive and workers will benefit as those with higher levels of education and training earn higher wages.

CalAsian supports policies that increase workforce development programs and make higher education and vocational education more accessible and affordable. CalAsian also supports the creation of ethnic studies programs.

Business Finance

CalAsian supports a business environment that offers support and makes it easier for businesses to grow and thrive. The Business Finance Committee covers issues including the following: access to capital, transparency in lending, taxation, regulatory reform, procurement and contracting international investment.


CalAsian believes that small businesses should have options in finding healthcare coverage for their business and employees and works to remove excessive regulation and other barriers to affordable and accessible healthcare. In addition, Californians within the API community face health challenges that include heart disease, hypertension and diabetes and differ by each API subgroup; CalAsian recognizes the various health concerns of the API community and supports efforts to address them.

Technology and Innovation

California is the nation’s technology leader in job creation and innovation. Home to more than 1.1 million employees in the technology sector alone, California continues to benefit from private sector investment and economic growth year after year. With Californians continuing to embrace cutting-edge technologies, the state’s economic growth and technology adoption go hand in hand. Investing in innovation for new technology across all sectors – autonomous vehicles in the transportation sector, for instance – and promoting widespread broadband and wireless accessibility is key to maintaining California’s role as a global leader in innovation, technology, and communications.

CalAsian advocates for information technology and telecommunication technology policies that advance free and open competition, promote a highly educated and technical workforce, encourage collaboration and cooperation in ideas and technology, and advance regulations that positively impact the ability of the private sector to effectively research, develop, integrate, manufacture, service and market solutions in the global marketplace.



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 Lia Nitake at lnitake@calasiancc.org

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



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