President and CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ruben Barrales is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Barrales has an extensive background in both government and private industry, with experience as an elected official and as an advocate for business. He served in the White House as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, where he was the President's liaison to state and local elected officials.
Prior to joining the President's staff, Mr. Barrales was president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a civic organization of Silicon Valley business, government and academic leaders advocating for public policies in support of Silicon Valley's technology-driven economy.
In 1992, Mr. Barrales became the first Latino elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He was reelected and became president of the Board of Supervisors in 1996.
In 2005, Mr. Barrales received the “Ohtli Award” from the government of Mexico for his commitment to improving the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. Hispanic Business Magazine has listed Mr. Barrales as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in the United States. In 2000, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Barrales "A Global Leader for Tomorrow."
Mr. Barrales grew up in Redwood City and received a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Administrative Studies from the University of California, Riverside. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Kelly, and two children, Ryan and Rachel.