Janet A. Liang, executive vice president, group president and chief operating officer (COO), care delivery, for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals, has been elected as 2024 chair of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
“It is an honor to serve in this important role as I work alongside the CalChamber Board and staff in advocating on behalf of California businesses and employers,” said Liang.
“As a leader for one of the state’s largest employers in the health care sector, I am reminded every day of the connection between the economic health of our communities and the well-being of the people who live in them. I am looking forward to leading critical discussions to promote a healthy business climate and jobs in California.”
Serving with Liang as 2024 officers of the CalChamber Board are:
• First Vice Chair Maryam S. Brown, president, Southern California Gas Company.
• Second Vice Chair John A. Stowell, senior vice president, The Walt Disney Company.
• Third Vice Chair Frank Washington, CEO, Crossings TV.
Janet Liang is executive vice president, group president of California, and COO of national care delivery operations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals.
Throughout her career, Liang has championed the adoption of new technologies and evidence-based practice to improve the lives of members. Her 30-year career has included numerous president and executive roles in Hawaii and Washington for Group Health Cooperative.
A native San Franciscan, Liang is an active community steward who has served on numerous community boards supporting socioeconomic advancement and Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to close disparities in care among underserved populations. She serves on the executive committee of the Bay Area Council and is chair of the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.
Liang is a founding board member of Futuro Health, an organization dedicated to growing the largest network of credentialed allied health care workers in the nation. Liang is also a board director at Lincoln Financial Group.
In 2022, Liang was named one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Health Care by Modern Healthcare magazine. Liang has also been recognized as a Game Changer by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and repeatedly honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in Bay Area business.
Liang holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University and a master’s in health administration from the University of Washington.
The CalChamber Board also approved three directors as at-large members of the CalChamber Executive Committee:
• Jennifer Haley, president and CEO, Kern Energy;
• Fiona Hutton, founder and CEO, Fiona Hutton & Associates;
• Seth Oster, chief corporate affairs officer, The Wonderful Company.
In addition to the at-large members and current officers, the Executive Committee includes three past chairs of the CalChamber Board: Gregory S. Bielli, president and CEO, Tejon Ranch Company; Kailesh Karavadra, partner for Ernst & Young LLP; and Donna L. Lucas, CEO and founder, Lucas Public Affairs.
The Executive Committee works with top CalChamber management to determine policy, financial and program direction, including, when necessary, providing policy guidance between the regular quarterly meetings of the CalChamber Board.