The Bakersfield Young Professionals (BYP) Council works to elevate and support Bakersfield’s young professionals as emerging business, civic and community leaders by educating the young professional community on local commerce and government, supporting local development initiatives and connecting young professionals with community leaders. BYP strives to inspire and encourage professional development, encourage networking and social connectedness and provide philanthropic opportunities for young professionals to give back to the community and its citizens.

BYP hosts various events throughout the year, including the annual BYP Street Party, Pub Club networking events and partners with the Kern Community Foundation to host Philanthropy on Tap, a series where community nonprofits connect with interested young professionals and community members.

Please note that currently all in-person events have been postponed due to Covid-19.  However, BYP is hosting virtual personal and professional development webinars and virtual happy hours to stay connected.  BYP welcomes all professionals to participate – we hope you can join us at our next event.

For more information on BYP, email Hillary Haenes at or follow the group on Facebook,  Instagram and LinkedIn.

BYP E-News


The Greater Bakersfield Chamber Political Action Committee (BAKPAC) was started in 1999, and is the Greater Bakersfield Chamber’s political action committee. BAKPAC is committed to endorsing and funding business-friendly candidates for office.

Each election cycle, candidates are invited to apply for potential endorsements. All candidates are then interviewed to determine their knowledge, understanding and support for a strong economy and business issues. BAKPAC may also support issues with funding.

All PAC funds are separate from funds of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. BAKPAC has a separate governing board, which does include some representation from the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Greater Bakersfield Chamber’s Political Action Committee is a state and local PAC.

Staff Contact:  Kaelyn Peterson,

Currently, all in-person meetings are now virtual due to Covid-19.

All committee meetings are for Chamber members only. For more information, email the staff member listed for your area of interest.  For all general inquiries, email


Noon to 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month

Our Ambassadors Committee is the volunteer corps for the Chamber. These business champions are committed to celebrating our members successes and connecting our members with business opportunities. In addition, they welcome new businesses to Bakersfield, and celebrate major milestones at groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and grand opening ceremonies. Ambassadors also plan social gatherings where member businesses showcase their locations, products and services. Currently, all in-person gatherings are postponed due to Covid-19.  The committee still meets virtually each month to engage and interact with different guest speakers.

STAFF CONTACT: Hillary Haenes,


Noon to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month

The Beautiful Bakersfield Committee is made up of Chamber member representatives, who volunteer their time to recognize the efforts of individuals, groups, companies and organizations that build a better Bakersfield.

The Committee helps promotes the event and encourages the community to submit nominations.  In addition, the committee works with the nominees to ensure that they submit all the materials needed for the judging process.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Jean Scheiber at


Every other Friday morning

The Governmental Review Council (GRC) is the Chamber’s legislative and regulatory advocacy committee. GRC discusses and debates issues affecting the local business community. The committee also takes a lead on statewide and local ballot initiatives during election years.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Kaelyn Peterson at

Due to Covid-19, recruitment for the 2021 Leadership Bakersfield Class has been postponed.  We will resume the Leadership Bakersfield program when the State Guidelines allow.

Leadership Bakersfield is a 32-year tradition that brings together a group of 32 individuals from across the city and asks them to step out of their daily lives, open their minds and imagine how they can help create a better Bakersfield.

By the end of 10-month program, LB graduates will gain the knowledge and confidence to effectively lead Bakersfield into the future by meeting and interacting with current leaders, discover more about their own individual leadership styles, study local issues and cultivate appreciation for differing perspectives. Each class session is tailored to educate participants on a key community issue. A combination of top-tiered speakers and panels, access to movers and shakers within key industries, exclusive tours and hands-on activities provides knowledge on that session’s particular topic.

Participants are also tasked with designing a project that fulfills a need in the community.  Each year, LB teams create programs and projects that funnel in thousands of dollars into our community that impact the lives of hundreds of individuals.

For more information on the Leadership Bakersfield program, contact Jean Scheiber at (661) 327-4421 or email

Whether it is a new business, business expansion or a grand re-opening, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber is pleased to organize ribbon cutting ceremonies for our members. The ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in a business’ history, and gives a business owner an opportunity to publicly thank their business partners, employees, friends and family.

At this time, the Chamber is not performing in-person ceremonies, instead we have adapted to virtual ceremonies to keep everyone safe. If your company is interested in a virtual ribbon cutting, the ceremony must take place within 6 months of the opening, move, major renovation or expansion of your business. A ribbon cutting ceremony can also recognize a significant milestone anniversary (i.e. 5-year increments) or new ownership.

Click HERE to view our virtual ribbon cuttings.

To inquire about scheduling a virtual ribbon cutting, please email Hillary Haenes at

Due to Covid-19, recruitment for the 2021 Youth Leadership Bakersfield Class has been postponed.  We will resume the Leadership Bakersfield program when the State Guidelines allow.

Modeled after the Leadership Bakersfield program, the Youth Leadership Bakersfield program inspires and develops future business and community leadership among high school-aged youth of the Greater Bakersfield area by providing an interactive opportunity that directly links students to community leaders, business issues and career opportunities.

The program is designed specifically for those students who exhibit leadership skills that are as yet untapped and/or unfocused and who are neither “at-risk” nor already participating in high profile leadership activities.

The program focuses on a wide range of local interests, including agriculture, arts and culture, criminal justice, energy, health, and human services and leadership and ethics. At the conclusion of the program year, participants who successfully complete the requirements of the program are honored during graduation ceremonies.

There is no charge for students to participate in the Youth Leadership Bakersfield program, which is underwritten by sponsorships provided by partnering businesses, organizations and agencies.

For more information on the Youth Leadership Bakersfield program, contact Jean Scheiber at (661) 327-4421 or email