Staff

Executive Director

Jay Lifson
Phone: (925) 284-7404, ext. 11
Email:[email protected]

Jay Lifson was born and raised in the slums of Beverly Hills.  Yes, there really are slums in Beverly Hills.  He attended Beverly Hills High School where he spent a lot of time playing football and running track. Jay stopped growing at the age of 15.  Jay was a Boy Scout, until he was asked to leave.
Jay began his long restaurant career with Bob’s Big Boy, home of  “Steaks, shakes and pancakes.”
Jay bought a restaurant in Lafayette in 1982, The Rocking Horse was on the west end of town and Jay operated that for a little over 5 years.
Jay is the proud father of three daughters.  His bride Kathy Doyle is an RN at Kaiser Walnut Creek. They have been married for 25 years.
Jay managed the Lafayette Park Hotel and Bing Crosby’s Restaurant before he took the job at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
Now that you have heard all of this, aren’t you just a little more concerned about our city?
Jay has been your Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for nearly five years.  Last year he was your CEO.  But times are tough and the chamber just can’t afford a CEO at this time, so he’s your Executive Director again.
Enough kidding around!  It is truly a pleasure to serve the businesses and residents of Lafayette.  We are lucky to have such a wonderful place to call home.  This community has a heart and soul and I will do whatever I can to make sure the Lafayette Chamber is busy contributing to our collective success.  jay

Bio:

3791456239_3560d640d6_mJay Lifson was born and raised in the slums of Beverly Hills. Yes, there really are slums in Beverly Hills. He attended Beverly Hills High School where he spent a lot of time playing football and running track. Jay stopped growing at the age of 15. Jay was a Boy Scout, until he was asked to leave.

Jay began his long restaurant career with Bob’s Big Boy, home of “Steaks, shakes and pancakes.”

Jay bought a restaurant in Lafayette in 1982, The Rocking Horse was on the west end of town and Jay operated that for a little over 5 years.

Jay is the proud father of three daughters and Papa to his beautiful grandson. His bride Kathy Doyle is an RN at Kaiser Walnut Creek. They have been married for 30 years.

Jay managed the Hungry Hunter, the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa which included the Duck Club, Lafayette Park Hotel and Bing Crosby’s Restaurant before he took the job at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Hey, wait a minute! There seems to be a pattern here. Haven’t they all closed?

And yes, I’m a deadhead. It was 286 GD shows before we lost Jerry, but who’s counting.

I told them to do a background check!

Now that you have heard all of this, aren’t you just a little more concerned about our city?

Jay has been your Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for nine years. During this span we have seen a lot of change in Lafayette. The community spent five years working through a Downtown Specific Plan and we weathered a recession. Lafayette led the state of California with the lowest unemployment rate. When other organizations were holding tight we took a risk and swung our doors open for business. We added programs and events to serve our members. We have grown to a membership that has reached 725. Our philosophy is simple: Have fun, listen to our customers, make a difference.

Enough kidding around! It is truly a pleasure to serve the businesses and residents of Lafayette. We are lucky to have such a wonderful place to call home. This community has a heart and soul and I will do whatever I can to make sure the Lafayette Chamber is busy contributing to our collective success.

Administrative Assistant

Sara Regan
Phone: (925) 284-7404, ext. 10
Email: [email protected]

Office Manager

Linda Carlson
Phone: (925) 284-7404, ext. 13
Email: [email protected]

Membership Services Director

Barbara Gilmore
Phone: (925) 284-7404, ext. 12
Email: [email protected]