Bret J. Schanzenbach

North County Advisory Board
President & CEO
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce


Bret Schanzenbach has served as the President & CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce since January 2019.  Schanzenbach, a native Californian and resident of San Diego’s North County since 1971, came to the Carlsbad position from the Vista Chamber of Commerce where he served as CEO for nine years. His corporate background before the Chamber was in residential real estate and the software industry. In 1992, Bret helped start Technical Difference, Inc., a human resources software company. Before venturing into the corporate world, he spent seven years as a youth minister.  Bret graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, OH, earning a BA in Psychology. He earned his Master’s in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas in 2001. Bret and his wife Joleen reside in Vista and have been blessed with six children. They are active members of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad.