Press Release: California and Sacramento Asian Pacific Chambers of Commerce Name New Vice President of Public Policy

April 22, 20242 Minutes


SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (April 22, 2024) — The California and Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (Chambers) are thrilled to announce the appointment of Johnnise Foster-Downs as their new Vice President of Public Policy. Ms. Foster-Downs brings over two decades of experience in political and government affairs to her new role, where she will lead the Chambers’ advocacy efforts and policy initiatives at both local and state levels.

Johnnise comes to the Chambers from PG&E, where she managed Government and Public Affairs. Prior to that, she served as the Municipal Services Manager at Republic Services, overseeing municipal contracts and government affairs for their Sacramento Business Unit. Her extensive background also includes roles as Director of Public Policy at the Sacramento Metro Chamber and Director of Local Government Affairs at the California Restaurant Association.

Pat Fong Kushida, President and CEO of both chambers, expressed her enthusiasm about the new appointment, saying, “Johnnise’s vast experience and proven ability to navigate complex political landscapes make her an ideal fit for this pivotal role. Her dedication to public service and her remarkable track record in advocacy will undoubtedly enhance our efforts to support and empower the diverse small business communities we serve.”

In her new role, Johnnise will focus her efforts on promoting fair and equitable policies and fostering strong relationships with key stakeholders to further the Chambers’ mission of inclusive economic development that benefit all communities.

“I am honored to join the CalAsian and SacAsian Chambers and excited to contribute to their mission of advocating for policies that support the success of California’s diverse business community,” said Johnnise Foster-Downs. “Through collaboration and strategic advocacy, we can achieve significant and positive changes that benefit all stakeholders.”

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