It is truly a privilege to serve as CACASA President for the year ahead. When I look back at the many folks who have served in this position, I can’t help but feel both humbled and honored to serve in this position that was previously occupied by many of the people I look up to as mentors and examples. I pledge to do my best to advance the mission of CACASA, which is to educate, advocate, and promote equity for agriculture, weights and measures and all citizens of California.
I was born in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, but moved to Grass Valley, California in 1981, where I have lived ever since.
Although both of my parents were teachers, I have always had a love for agriculture. This may have come via both sets of grandparents who were farmers, along with several aunts and uncles.
Throughout high school and into college, I worked for several farms including an organic peach and apple farm, a Christmas tree farm, and a commercial beekeeping operation.
I graduated in 2000 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fruit Science.
I began my career with the Placer County Agriculture Department right after college, starting out as a seasonal insect detection trapper. I was hired as a full-time inspector later that same year, where my primary assignment was pesticide use enforcement. Over the next several years, I gained experience in all of the many programs the commissioner/sealer is responsible for.
In 2006 I was promoted to Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, and in 2011 I was appointed as Placer County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures. Between 2008 and 2010, I participated in the California Agricultural Leadership Program as a member of Class 39.
In addition to working with my staff, and managing the Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department, I frequently work with many of the county’s other departments, and especially the Planning Department and CEO’s office on policy issues primarily focused around agricultural land use, economic development, and the county’s cannabis program.
I am active in the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) where I have served as Chair of the Sacramento Valley Area Group, Chair of the S&T Committee, Chair of Personnel Standards and the Exam Review Subcommittee, Chair of the Cannabis Work Group, VP of Agriculture, and CACASA President Elect. I currently serve as CACASA President for the 2020-21 Year.
Outside of work, my passions include my wife Jana, and our three kids. Together, we enjoy camping, gardening, mountain biking, motorcycles, boating, and any sort of travel.