California Business Roundtable
Rob Lapsley was named President of the California Business Roundtable in 2011. As President, Rob leads an organization comprised of senior executive leadership of major California employers representing a combined workforce of over six hundred thousand employees. Their mission is to strengthen California’s economy by enhancing competitiveness and ensuring an educated workforce prepared for the next generation of jobs.
During his tenure, CBRT has successfully launched the nonpartisan California Center for Jobs and the Economy which provides objective and comprehensive economic and jobs data at the state, county, region, senate and assembly level. The Center for Jobs mission is to provide state and local policy makers with a definitive source of information pertaining to job creation and economic trends in California.
Prior to this, Rob served as the vice president and state political director for CalChamber. During this time, he also served as executive director of JobsPAC, a broad, employer-based, bipartisan committee for CalChamber that has helped elect over twenty pro-business Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and Assembly.
Previously, Rob served as president of RCL Consultants, a firm specializing in business, government, political and public affairs consulting. He has also served as vice president for Arnel Development, one of the largest private real estate companies in Southern California, where he was responsible for new business projects.
As an appointee of President George W. Bush, Rob served in the U.S. State Department as special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Spain during the Iraq war. In addition to his diplomatic duties, Rob was responsible for working with private sector firms and the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Spanish-American and European Union business arenas on trade and investment strategies.
He was a long-time policy and political aide to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, serving as Undersecretary of State from 1995 to 2001 and managed both of Jones’s successful campaigns for that constitutional office. Rob also served as a senior appointee in the administration of Governor Pete Wilson and held positions in the California Legislature for over six years.
Rob is a graduate fellow of the Coro Foundation and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He holds a B.S. in biology and political science from Illinois State University.