Ruben Barrales is president and CEO of GROW Elect. He was elected to PPICís Board of Directors in 2007.
Barrales has an extensive background in both government and private industry, with experience as an elected official and as an advocate for business. In 1992, Barrales became the first Latino elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. After reelection, he became president of the board in 1996. In 1998, Barrales was the California Republican Party nominee for state controller.
Prior to GROW Elect, Barrales served as president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Barrales also served for five years as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, acting as the presidentís liaison to state and local elected officials. Prior to joining the presidentís staff, Barrales was president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a civic organization of Silicon Valley business, government, and academic leaders that advocates for public policies favorable to Silicon Valleyís technology-driven economy.
Barrales has held several key appointments, including service on the California Speakerís Commission on State and Local Government Finance, on the California Commission of Local Governance for the 21st Century.
Barrales grew up in Redwood City, California, and received a joint B.A. in political science and administrative studies from the University of California, Riverside.