OAKLAND, Calif., June 28, 2018 – R. Zachary Wasserman, a Real Estate and Land Use Partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the Bay Area and the state, has been elected chair of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Wasserman’s term began on June 27 and was announced at the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards luncheon.

The Oakland Chamber of Commerce promotes commerce and industry within the city to advance economic growth. With more than 1,000 members, the Chamber actively engages in public policy to enhance the quality of life of citizens. The group also represents the interests of regional businesses with the government and creates and fosters a strong local economy and community.

“The Chamber has played a pivotal role in the continued economic development of Oakland, and it’s an honor to serve as chair at such an exciting time in the city’s evolution,” said Wasserman. “As a firm, Wendel Rosen has long been committed to the health and prosperity of its home city, and we continue to follow in the footsteps of David Wendel, who served as chair of the Chamber from 1984 to 1987 and as legal counsel for decades. I look forward to continuing this tradition in his honor in 2018.”

Wasserman has a long history of service with the Chamber. He has served as general counsel since 2003 and as chair of the Leadership Oakland Committee since 1998. Wasserman also received the Chamber’s “Volunteer of the Year” award in 1998.

In his legal practice, Wasserman focuses on transportation issues, real estate and land use, and nonprofit organizations. He negotiates and drafts complex real estate and financial structures on behalf of private businesses and public agencies and works with state and local regulatory permitting agencies to carry out high-profile Bay Area real estate projects. He is currently chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. He received his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law (1972) and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1969).

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