College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumni

2008 Distinguished Alumni

A. Robert Linscheid

BA Public Administration, Class of 1976
MPA, Class of 1978

Honor Year: 2008

A. Robert “Bob” Linscheid graduated from California State University, Chico in 1976 with a B.A. in Public Administration and in 1978 with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. 

Since January 2013, Linscheid has worked as President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the largest and most inclusive business membership organization in San Francisco. Linscheid served as Chairman of the Board for the California State University Board of Trustees until May 2014; he has served on the Board since 2005. Linscheid has a long record of serving the University as a member of the University Foundation Board of Governors, president of the Alumni Association, and Chico State representative and president of the system wide CSU Alumni Council. He served as president and CEO of the Chico Economic Planning Corporation from 1993 to 2013, and was president and CEO of the Butte County Economic Development Corporation from 1999 to 2008. Linscheid was the general manager of the Chico Outlaws Professional Baseball Club from 2004-2008. Linscheid is a member of Rotary International and served as the district chair of the Polio Eradication Program. Before joining the Chamber in 2013, Linscheid served as Managing Director of Innovate North State, the leading innovation catalyst organization in Northern California working to grow innovative companies and boost economic competitiveness. In addition to founding his own management consulting company, Linscheid has served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Chico Chamber of Commerce, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Antioch Chamber of Commerce. Serving California businesses and communities for more than two decades, Linscheid has provided leadership for public, private and non-profit organizations on public policy, economic development and other issues critical to the California’s continued economic success.