LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today the appointment of P. Anthony Thomas as their new vice president of public policy. Thomas will oversee issue development for the Chamber and help develop the organization’s public policy priorities and strategies.
“Anthony brings with him an in-depth understanding of the legislative process, as well as nearly a decade of experience as a lobbyist with various public and private sector organizations,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “His experience in Sacramento and here in Los Angeles makes him the ideal person to lead our public policy efforts.”
Most recently, Thomas was vice president of government affairs for the California Forestry Association, where he was the chief legislative advocate and responsible for representing the organization’s membership in the development and implementation of legislative strategies and policies.
Prior to that, Thomas held positions as a lobbyist for the League of California Cities, City of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, deputy director of public affairs for Southern California Edison and a deputy for former Mayor Richard Riordan.
“I am looking forward to working with the Los Angeles business community and elected officials from the City and County of Los Angeles to ensure that Los Angeles has a vibrant and attractive business climate,” Thomas said. “This will call for partnerships with other business organizations as well as our labor counterparts to show a united front to invite business back to Los Angeles and encourage local industries to remain. We all have a vested stake in making our city business friendly.”
Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in government from California State University, Sacramento. A native of Los Angeles, he grew up in South Los Angeles and prior to attending Sacramento State, graduated from Crenshaw High where he is an active supporter of the City Section Champion Cougar Football team.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.