Rob Lapsley was named president of the California Business Roundtable in 2011, a nonpartisan organization consisting of the senior executives of the state’s major companies. Previously, he served as VP and state political director for CalChamber; president of RCL Consultants and VP for Arnel Development, one of the largest private real estate companies in Southern California. Lapsley served in the U.S. State Department during the Iraq War and as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, serving as undersecretary of state from 1995 to 2001. Lapsley served in the California Assembly from 1987-2002 and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
California is now the fifth-largest economy in the world. As a global leader, we have some of the best minds tracking our budget and finances, but there are few third-party groups that focus on objective analysis of our state’s finances.