Governor Newsom reappoints Karen Ross as CDFA Secretary

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross

News release from the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom:

Karen Ross of Sacramento has been reappointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the state cabinet-level department established in 1919 to promote and protect a safe, healthy food supply, local and global agricultural trade, and environmental stewardship.

Ross successfully served as CDFA Secretary under Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for 8 years. She has unmatched leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California.

Prior to joining CDFA, Ross was chief of staff to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. Prior to that appointment, she served as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers from 1996 to 2009,and as Vice-President of the Agricultural Council of California from 1989 to 1996.

Before moving to California, Secretary Ross served as Director of Government Relations for the Nebraska Rural Electric Association and as Field Representative for U.S.Senator Edward Zorinsky. Ross grew up as a 4-H kid on a farm in Western Nebraska. She and her husband, Barry, own 800 acres of the family farm where her younger brother, a fourth-generation farmer, grows dryland wheat, feed grains, and cattle. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a graduate of the Nebraska Ag Leadership Program. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $209,943. Ross is a Democrat. 

Secretary Ross: “I am humbled and honored to be able to serve our new governor, Gavin Newsom, and work with the great team he is putting together. And I am thrilled to be able to continue to serve California agriculture and work with the outstanding employees at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.”  

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12 Responses to Governor Newsom reappoints Karen Ross as CDFA Secretary

  1. Donna Weber says:

    Congratulations!

    • Anmol Joshi says:

      Many congratulations Secretary Ross! Will continue working under your leadership to protect and promote California’s Agriculture.

  2. Anita Brown says:

    We are thrilled to continue to have Karen’s leadership at CDFA.

  3. Nicole Bell says:

    This is good news. Congratulations Karen!

  4. Nirmal Saini says:

    Californians are very fortunate to have a leader like Secretary Ross. As a leader of the largest agricultural state, her contributions in reducing the world hunger is immense. Congratulations Secretary Ross.

  5. Joleen Rodriguez says:

    Great news for CDFA. Congratulations Secretary Ross

  6. Melinda says:

    Very smart move Governor. Secretary Ross has been the best for CDFA and she is a wonderful person. 🙂

  7. Asif Maan says:

    Congratulations Secretary Ross! CDFA and California agriculture industry is fortunate to have a visionary leader like Secretary Ross.

  8. Cynthia Cory says:

    Yahoo!!! Great to have such experience at the helm. Good for CA ag.

  9. Cynthia Cory says:

    Wonderful news. Good for CA ag.

  10. Steve Shaffer says:

    Perfect!

  11. Thank you, Governor Gavin Newsom, for reappointing Karen Ross as Secretary for CDFA–She has always been a champion for the state’s agricultural industry!

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