Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 8:00 am to 9:30 am | Zoom Webinar
The Legislative Summit is designed to inform attendees of legislature that may impact their business. The Summit is the Chamber’s premier advocacy event with presentations by legislative and policy experts, as well as elected and appointed government officials. The event will focus on both Federal and State issues such as COVID, Water (PFAS), Stimulus, Gasoline Vehicles, Climate Change (Fires) and more.
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Senator Melissa Melendez
Senator Melissa Melendez, California State Senate District 28
Melissa’s story begins in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where she proudly enlisted in the United States Navy right after high school. She served her country with honor and distinction as a Russian translator for ten years during the Cold War, as well as during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
She received numerous awards for strategic operations in partnership with our allies.
After multiple tours in the Navy, Melissa entered civilian life and started her own successful transcription company. She served as a city councilwoman and mayor where she successfully passed regulatory and tax relief for small-businesses.
Since being elected to the State Assembly in 2012, Melissa has fought for lower taxes and authored legislation to make it easier to build affordable homes. She has pushed efforts to stop high-speed rail funding and reprioritize it to fix our crumbling roads. She authored one of the most sweeping workplace harassment reform laws in the last decade and led the efforts to restore the rights of independent contractors. She has helped pass campaign finance laws, so voters know where campaign money is coming from and has authored bills to stop legislators from becoming lobbyists and cashing in on their time in elected office.
Her passion to serve her constituents and the people she represents is illustrated by her accessibility. She has hosted over 100 community Town Halls, written over 4,800 hand written constituent responses and has recognized over 96,000 constituents with certificates of recognition.
Melissa holds a BA in History and Political Studies as well as her Master’s degree in business administration. She has five children with her husband, Nico. Nico is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, together Melissa and Nico have served their country for 40 years. He proudly continues to serve today as a commander in an active naval reserve unit.
Assembly Member Kelly Seyarto
Assembly Member Kelly Seyarto, State District 67
Kelly Seyarto has been a local elected official with the City of Murrieta for a total of 13 years. He served as the City’s Mayor four of those years. He has represented the City on numerous regional boards and commissions. Kelly is the immediate past President of the Mayors and Councilmembers Department for the League of California Cites, a statewide organization that represents 478 of the 483 Cities in California. Kelly successfully ran for the 67th Assembly district this past November 3rd and is now the Assembly member elect. He will be sworn in on December 7th.
Kelly spent his career as a firefighter for 35 years and retired at the rank of Battalion Chief for Los Angeles County Fire Department in 2015. During his career he served many communities including the Cities of Inglewood, Lancaster, Industry, San Dimas, Claremont, and Glendora. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State Long Beach where he graduated in 1996 with honors. Kelly currently resides in Murrieta with Denise, his wife of 33 years. They have 3 grown daughters.
Allan Zaremberg, California Chamber of Commerce
Allen Zaremberg, President/CEO, California Chamber of Commerce
Allan Zaremberg is president and chief executive officer of the California Chamber of Commerce. He took over the top staff position in 1998 after six years as executive vice president and head of the California Chamber’s advocacy program. He also served on a number of public policy boards and commissions geared toward improving the California economy, and has previously served on the boards of the California Children’s Theater and the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.
Before joining the California Chamber, Allan served as chief legislative advisor to and advocate for California Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian. Prior to that, Allan worked in the private practice of law as a Deputy Attorney General and as a Captain in the US Air Force.
Allan has a BS in Economics from Penn State and a JD from the University of the Pacific.
Gene Wunderlich, Moderator
Gene Wunderlich, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors
Gene Wunderlich is an advocate for private property rights, homeownership and business issues. He currently serves as Mayor of the City of Murrieta, V.P. of Government Affairs for the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors, and Legislative Liaison/Executive Director for the Southwest California Legislative Council.
An area resident for 30 years, Wunderlich also serves on numerous local, state and national boards including Vice Chair of Southwest Healthcare Board of Governors, President of the Temecula Valley Players theater group, Director of the California Association of Realtors, Land Use Committee Member of the National Association of Realtors, and the Murrieta/Temecula Group.