Ruben Barrales

Ruben Barrales is president and CEO of GROW Elect. He was elected to PPICís Board of Directors in 2007. Before joining GROW Elect, he served as president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also served for five years as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs for President George W. Bush. Before joining the White House staff, he was president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a civic organization of Silicon Valley business, government, and academic leaders. In 1998, he was the California Republican Party nominee for state controller. In 1992, he became the first Latino elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He has served on several key commissions and boards, including the California Speakerís Commission on State and Local Government Finance and the California Commission of Local Governance for the 21st Century. He grew up in Redwood City, California, and received a joint BA in political science and administrative studies from the University of California, Riverside.