Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Trelynd D.J. Bradley to be the deputy director of sustainable freight and supply chain development at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Bradley has served in this office as the senior business development specialist since 2019. Before that, Bradley was a policy analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 2018 to 2019.
Newsom also announced the appointment of Rohimah Moly as the deputy director for energy and climate at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Moly has been an associate at Caliber Strategies since 2020. Before that, she was a special assistant at the California Public Utilities Commission from 2017 to 2020 and deputy commissioner for legislation at the California Department of Business Oversight from 2014 to 2016.
Sandra Matsumoto has been appointed to the California Water Commission. She has served as the director for the California Water Program at the Nature Conservancy since 2020. Before that, she was associate director from 2015 to 2020 and project director from 2004 to 2015.
Crystal Robinson was appointed to serve on the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Robinson has been environmental director at Quartz Valley Indian Reservation since 2014. She was water resources program coordinator for the Karuk Tribe from 2010 to 2014 and scientific field technician at the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District from 2003 to 2006.
Molly Jenkins has joined Purple Strategies as a manager. Jenkins previously worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif., as his communications director. Before that, she worked on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as the press secretary for Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.
Nick Calderon has joined GrubMarket’s software team as the director of software services and strategic accounts. Calderon previously worked for Famous Software as the implementation manager and senior consultant.
Washington Forest Protection Association has named Tom Davis as the association’s new governmental relations director. Davis replaces Jason Callahan, who accepted a position at Green Diamond Resource Company in April. Davis started his career working on policies related to water, salmon recovery, agriculture, forestry and transportation as a senior research analyst for the Washington State House of Representatives. He has also worked for the Washington Department of Agriculture, the Washington Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Farm Bureau.
JBS USA has named Karla Thieman senior vice president, public policy and government affairs. In this newly created role, she will have oversight of U.S. public policy and government relations strategies for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation. A company release says Thieman will “lead the establishment of a new office and government relations team,” but a JBS spokesperson tells Agri-Pulse the company plans to continue its existing relationship with The Keys Group. Thieman joins JBS USA from Finsbury Glover Hering, where she served as a partner in the food and agriculture division in their Washington office. Thieman served as chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during the Obama administration. Before that, Thieman served as senior professional staff on the Senate Agriculture Committee under the leadership of three committee chairs, including Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Sarah Gallo has joined the Consumer Brands Association as the new vice president of product policy. Gallo comes to CBA from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, where she served as the vice president of agriculture and environment. Before that, she worked for CHS as the director of federal affairs. Gallo also has Capitol Hill experience and has worked for the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union. You can watch Gallo’s Meet the Farm Hand interview here.
Aline DeLucia has left BASF, where she was the head of public and government affairs, Agricultural Solutions North America. DeLucia has been tapped to lead AgSpire as the company’s new CEO. AgSpire is a company focused on providing customized solutions for land-use outcomes. Before joining BASF, DeLucia was a congressional aide and worked for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and Syngenta.
Deere & Company has selected Ryan Campbell to serve as president, worldwide construction and forestry and power systems. He previously served as the company’s chief financial officer. He succeeds John Stone, who is leaving the company. Rajesh Kalathur has added chief financial officer of the company to his title. He will continue in his role as president of John Deere Financial and chief information officer.
Keri Carstens has been named chief operating officer of Jord BioScience. Carstens previously led global regulatory strategy for Corteva Agriscience.
The U.S. Grains Council has brought on Teresa Myers as the council’s new meeting manager. Previously, Myers served as the conference manager for the American Society of Plant Biologists and also has experience with the American Nurses Association.
Katrina Stacey is settling into her new role as the communications manager for Field to Market. Stacey previously worked for the National Association of Conservation Districts as its communications coordinator.
Hugh Grant has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for CIBO Technologies. Grant brings almost 40 years of experience working in the agriculture industry. He served in a variety of roles at Monsanto, including executive vice president, chief operating officer and president. He held the roles of chairman and CEO from 2003 until his departure in 2018, after successfully leading the $60 billion sale to Bayer.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has elected new leaders to serve on its board of directors for the 2022-2023 year. Ellen Shanley has been elected as the new president. She succeeds Kevin Sauer, who has moved to the role of past president. Elected to serve as president-elect is Lauri Wright. A full list of all board members can be found here.
Reece Langley said he has resigned from the National Cotton Council “due to personal health and well-being matters in his family that need his attention at this time.” Langley served as the vice president of Washington operations for NCC.
After 35 years with the American Farm Bureau Federation, John Earl has retired from the organization. Earl worked as the director of technical resources and before that was the chief engineer for AFBF.
UC Davis professor Eric Mussen passed away on June 3 at the age of 78 after being diagnosed with liver cancer. For 38 years, Mussen served as the state's Extension apiculturist. Mussen joined US Davis’ Department of Entomology in 1976 and later retired in 2014. He was known for his work with pollinators, especially honey bees.
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