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Robert Lapsley


California Business Roundtable

Robert Lapsley is president of the California Business Roundtable, a nonpartisan organization comprised of the senior executive leadership of the state’s major companies employing over half a million Californians. Before he was named president in 2011, he was vice president and state political director for CalChamber. He also served as president of RCL Consultants and vice president of Arnel Development, one of the largest private real estate companies in Southern California. He served in the US State Department as special assistant to the US ambassador to Spain during the Iraq War. He was chief of staff to California secretary of state Bill Jones and served as undersecretary of state from 1995 to 2001. He has served on the PPIC Statewide Survey Advisory Committee since 2011. He is a graduate fellow of the Coro Foundation and a veteran of the US Air Force. He holds a BS with a major in biology and political science from Illinois State University.