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Women, Agriculture & Leadership: CDFA Leaders Talk Progress, Pathways & Inspiration

In celebration of Women’s History Month, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Undersecretary Christine Birdsong (left) moderated a panel of women leaders in CDFA today at the department’s headquarters. Panelists revisited their own paths that led to agriculture and public service, recognized family and mentors who paved the way, and offered advice for those just beginning their careers. The panel included (continuing from left) Tawny Mata, Director of the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation; Arima Kozina, Deputy Secretary of Administration & Finance, Executive Office; Dr. Annette Jones, State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division; and Victoria Hornbaker, Director of Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Division (not pictured), who joined virtually. The event was hosted by CDFA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Office of Civil Rights.

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