Janelle Capra named Greater Bakersfield Chamber President and CEO

Capra brings decades of experience with her to the chamber.

A local nonprofit head has been selected as the new leader of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. 

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber’s Board of Directors has appointed Janelle Capra to be its next President and CEO. 


The big picture: Capra has 28 years of experience working with entrepreneurs, small businesses, media, nonprofits and community organizations across the greater Bakersfield region. 

  • She is currently the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County, where she has served since 2019. 
  • In 2019 Capra received the Chamber’s Beautiful Bakersfield Award for Humanitarian of the Year. 
  • Capra also volunteers as the Marketing Chair for the Executive Board for the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference, a governing board member for the Mendiburu Magic Foundation, a mentor with the CSUB Alumni Association Runner Alumni mentorship Program and as a member of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee. 
  • Her first day on the job will be Jan 4, 2024, when she will replace interim PResident and CEO Hillary Haenes, who served in that capacity since February. 
  • Haenes will continue with the Chamber and return to her previous role of Vice President of Member Engagement. 

What they’re saying: “Janelle is an experienced servant leader who knows how to deliver results for mission-driven organizations,” said Ken Keller, the Chamber’s 2023 Chairman of the Board. “She has a track record of growing organizations and understands what it takes for an institution like the Chamber to succeed. I’m excited to have her join us and look forward to working with her and the entire team at the Chamber to advance our mission.”

  • Capra said, “The Chamber plays a vital role in the economic vitality and vibrancy of our community. After years of partnership and volunteer service with the Chamber, it’s an honor to be selected to serve as its President and CEO. I’m eager to start the new year and get to work, serving our members and growing programs that help businesses prosper and our community thrive.” 
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