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Former White House staffer Ruben Barrales is elected to the Public Policy Institute of California board of directors.

(September 5, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - UCR alumnus Ruben Barrales has been elected to the Public Policy Institute of California board of directors.

The San Francisco-based institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public policy in California through independent nonpartisan research on major economic, social and political issues.

Barrales is president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Previously he served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush for five years, representing the president to state, regional and local elected officials. He also was president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an economic development organization in the Silicon Valley.

The son of Mexican immigrants grew up in Redwood City and was the first Latino elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1992. He became president of that board in 1996. Two years later he was the Republican Party candidate for state controller of California.

Barrales has served on various boards, including the California Speaker’s Commission on State and Local Government Finance, the California Commission of Local Governance for the 21st Century and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Hispanic Business Magazine has named him one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the United States three times since 1996. In 2005 he received the Ohtli Award from the government of Mexico for his commitment to improving the well-being of Mexicans living abroad.

Barrales earned a joint bachelor’s degree in political science and administrative studies from UC Riverside in 1984.

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