Remembering Allan Zaremberg

A Note from CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera

Allan Zarenberg

Sunday, February 4th, marked the one-year anniversary of Allan Zaremberg’s passing. The day caused me to pause, again remembering and recognizing Allan’s legacy. A year later, I continue to be grateful for all Allan accomplished and am in awe of his wisdom and political acumen—the hallmarks of his time with CalChamber.

Last year, immediately after Allan’s passing, tributes poured in and several articles were written profiling his life. The headline accompanying one of the best pieces, written by the LA Times’ Taryn Luna, called Allan the “dean of the California business community.”

The title is certainly appropriate and reflects the magnitude of Allan’s influence and the respect people from all parts of the Capitol Community have for him.

However, as time passes, it has become very clear that Allan is equally (perhaps more) known and appreciated for his kindness and decency. Yes, Allan was often the one in charge—he was a boss to many—but he was at his very best as an ally, encourager, mentor and friend.

The sad anniversary of Allan’s passing might cause us to think about all we lost a year ago, but it also offers us an opportunity to reflect on what we gained through knowing him.

Allan not only championed the cause of business in California; he was a champion for others. I continue to be grateful for Allan as a role model and an example of exceptional leadership.

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Jennifer Barrera took over as president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce on October 1, 2021. She has been part of the CalChamber team since 2010 and stepped into the top position after serving as CalChamber executive vice president, overseeing the development and implementation of policy and strategy for the organization, as well as representing the CalChamber on legal reform issues. Barrera is well-known for her success rate with the CalChamber’s annual list of job killer legislation, efforts to reform the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and leadership working with employers on critical issues, including most recently those arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, she advises the business compliance activities of the CalChamber on interpreting changes in employment law. 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. See full bio