Governor Newsom announces appointments 3.25.22

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Robin Umberg, 66, of Villa Park, has been named to the California Veterans Board. Umberg served as undersecretary in the California Department of Veterans Affairs from 2011 to 2014, and served as assistant secretary of veterans homes in 2011. Umberg served in the United States military from 1973 to 2010, retiring with the rank of brigadier general. Umberg earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a member of the American Legion, the Association of Reserve Officers and the Association of Military Officers. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Umberg is a Democrat.

Rachelle Arizmendi, 49, of Sierra Madre, was reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where she has served since 2017. Arizmendi has served on the Sierra Madre City Council since 2014, where she served as mayor from 2017 and 2020. She has served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment since 2016, where she served as Director of Head Start from 2000 to 2014 and Registered Dietitian from 1998 to 2000. Arizmendi was Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Pasadena City College in 2013 to 2015. She received a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Arizmendi is registered without party preference.

Don Cameron, 69, of Helm, was reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he has served since 2014. Cameron has been chief executive and vice chairman of Terranova Ranch Inc. since 1981. He serves as chairman of the California State Board Cotton Alliance and McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency, and Director and Past President of the California Tomato Growers Association. He is a member of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel and the board of directors of the Western Growers Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Cameron is a Democrat.

Jenet DeCosta, 40, of Watsonville, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. DeCosta has been a Chief of Staff at Driscoll’s since 2016, where she served as Chief Marketing Officer from 2014 to 2016 and Business Analyst from 2012 to 2014. She served as Business Manager for the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region from 2010 to 2012, where she served as an analyst for strategic planning from 2003 to 2010. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. DeCosta is a Democrat.

Michael Gallo, 71, of Merced, was reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he has served since 2012. Gallo has been general manager of Joseph Gallo Farms, maker of Joseph Farms Cheese, since 1985, and co-owner since 1972. He is a board member of the Merced Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, Merced County Chamber of Commerce, Merced Elks, Italo American Lodge, Merced Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Circle of the president of Merced College. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Gallo is a Republican.

Eric Holst, 54, of Sacramento, was reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he has served since 2012. Holst has served as associate vice president for natural climate solutions at the Environmental Defense Fund since 2021, where he has served several positions since 2006, including Executive Director and California Regional Director of the Center for Conservation Incentives. He was director of Holst Conservation Consulting from 2004 to 2006, executive director of the Resources Legacy Fund in 2004, program manager at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation from 1999 to 2003 and director of the Rainforest Alliance, Conservation Agriculture Program from 1996 to 1999. He is a registered professional forester in California. Holst earned a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Duke University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Holst is a Democrat.

Glenda Humiston, 63, of Novato, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Humiston has served as Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of California since 2015. She served as the State of California Director of Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture from 2009 to 2015, Senior Associate at AGvocate Consulting Services from 2001 to 2003 and Deputy Undersecretary. for the United States Department of Agriculture from 1998 to 2001. Humiston holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Development International Agricultural Fellowship from the University of California at Davis. . This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Humiston is a Democrat.

Bryce Lundberg, 60, of Chico, was reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he has served since 2013. Lundberg has been vice president of agriculture at Lundberg Family Farms since 2000 and a partner and owner at B&E Lundberg since 1984. This position does not need to be confirmed by the Senate and there is no compensation. Lundberg is a Democrat.

David Mancera, 42, of Salinas, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Mancera has been Principal of Kitchen Table Advisors since 2018 and Principal Consultant of Mancera Consulting Group since 2014. He was Senior Business Advisor at Kitchen Table Advisors from 2015 to 2018, Adjunct Professor at the Agriculture Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College from 2014 to 2017 and a Business Brokerage Associate for BTI Group/Business Team from 2014 to 2015. Mancera was Principal Compensation Analyst at Granite Construction from 2011 to 2014 and Principal Financial Analyst at Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc. from 2007 to 2011 , where he served as a marketing analyst from 2005 to 2007. He was Director of Producer Relations at Colorful Harvest in 2011, Economics/Research Intern at the California Strawberry Commission in 2005, and Sales Associate at FoodSource from 2001 to 2002. Mancera was a field worker for Agricultural Contractors from 1993 to 2001. Mancera earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and Resource University of California, D Avis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mancera is a Democrat.

Michelle Passero, 52, of Mill Valley, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Passero has served as Director of Climate and Nature-Based Solutions at the Nature Conservancy since 2008. She was a member of the Marin Conservation League Board of Directors from 2007-2011, Business Development Manager at EcoSecurities in 2008, and Director of Policy Initiatives at the Pacific Forest Trust from 2000. to 2008. Passero received a Master of Laws in Sustainable International Development from the University of Washington School of Law and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Francis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Passero is registered without party preference.

Frank Salazar, 47, of Imperial, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Salazar has served as President of Vencer Public Affairs and Strategy since 2020. He served as Director of Communications and Community Relations at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District from 2016-2020, Director of Communications for California State Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia from 2014 to 2016 and Special Assistant to the State Senator. Ben Hueso from 2012 to 2014. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Salazar is a Democrat.

Joy Anne Sterling, 68, of Sebastopol, has been reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where she has served since 2013. Sterling has been chief executive of Iron Horse Vineyards since 2006, where she was director of sales and marketing. from 1985 to 2006. She was deputy bureau chief at ABC Network News Los Angeles from 1983 to 1985. Sterling is chair of the California Democratic Party Rural Caucus. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sterling is a Democrat.

Patricia Stock, 59, of Chico, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Stock has served as Dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico since 2021. She served as Director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 2018 to 2021, where she was professor in the Department of Entomology and the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences from 2001 to 2021. Stock earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Stock is a Democrat.

Maral Farsi, 41, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs at the California Department of Public Health. Farsi has served as Deputy Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Governor’s Office for Business and Economic Development since 2018, where she served as Acting Deputy Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate and Acting Deputy Director of External Affairs from 2018 to 2019. She was regional director of government affairs at CVS Health from 2014 to 2018, health policy manager at Optum from 2011 to 2014, and policy analyst at the California Association of Health Plans from 2008 to 2011. Farsi was a program associate at California Endowment from 2007 to 2008. Farsi is a member of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association Advisory Council and is part of the American Leadership Forum’s newest class of scholars. She earned a Master of Science in Law from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $155,280. Farsi is a democrat.

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