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President's Advisory Commission


The President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources (PAC) brings together senior leaders from the University of California and the agricultural, natural resources and related human resources sectors twice a year. Participants share new information and ideas, surface emerging issues facing agriculture, the environment, the food system and human nutrition in California, and gain exposure to the breadth and range of UC research and Cooperative Extension programs. The end objectives are to increase awareness of priority areas and issues where the University can make a difference through research, instruction and public service, and to strengthen private-sector support and appreciation for the University.

Biographies of Members



Chuck Ahlem
Owner and Operator
Charles Ahlem Ranch

Ashley Boren
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Conservation

Don Bransford
Owner and Operator
Bransford Farms

Celeste Cantú
Vice Chair
San Diego Water Quality Control Board

Patricia Carrillo
Executive Director
Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)

Carol Chandler
Chandler Farms, L.P.

Paula Daniels
Co-Founder and Chair
Center for Good Food Purchasing

Grant Davis
General Manager
Sonoma County Water Agency

John De Luca
Senior Advisor to UC President

Lucas Frerichs
Supervisor, Yolo County,
District 2

Bill Frost
UC Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus and former Associate Vice President

Luawanna Hallstrom
Collaborative Communications™

Jack Hanson
President and Owner
Willow Creek Ranch

Lon Hatamiya
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Hatamiya Group

Ismael (Ish) Herrera
Regional Stewardship, CA Forward

Eric Holst
Associate Vice President Ecosystems Program, 
Environmental Defense Fund

Jerry Lohr
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines

Corinne Martinez 
Martinez Family Limited Partnership and Berryessa Gap Vineyards

Mike Mellano
Chairman of the Board and Vice President of Farming
Mellano & Company

Dina Moore
Lone Star Ranch

Soapy Mulholland
Sopac & Associates LLC

Sharon Nance
Assistant State Conservationist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (retired)

Fred Ruiz
Chairman Emeritus and Co-Founder
Ruiz Food Products, Inc.

Alejandra Sanchez
Corporate Social Responsibility Marketing Manager

Kathie Sowa
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Executive, Bank of America

Connie Stewart
Executive Director of Initiatives
Humboldt State University

Kerry Tucker
Chief Strategic Counsel
Nuffer, Smith, Tucker, Inc.

Mary-Ann Warmerdam
Deputy Controller, Environmental Policy, California Controller's Office and Managing Director, Milkshed Partners, LLC

Rodger Wasson
Owner and President
Wasson & Associates

Cher Watte Angulo
Executive Director
Buy California Marketing Agreement

Paul Wenger
Wenger Ranch

Stuart Woolf
President and Chief Executive Officer
Woolf Enterprises, Inc.

Ex-Officio Members

Wade Crowfoot
California Natural Resources Agency

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

Karen Ross
California Department of Food and Agriculture

Kim Wilcox
UC ANR Governing Council and Chancellor, UC Riverside 

Academic Advisors

David Ackerly
Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Helene Dillard
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Mark D. Stetter
Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis 

Peter Atkinson
Interim Dean
College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, UC Riverside

Commissioners are appointed by the President of the University of California. Commissioners receive no compensation, but are reimbursed for reasonable travel costs associated with meetings.



UC President Richard C. Atkinson established the President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1998 to strengthen communication with California’s agricultural interests, reinvigorate the University’s land grant mission, and build greater understanding and support for UC research, Cooperative Extension and teaching programs. The first PAC meeting was held in Oakland in September 1998.

The President’s Advisory Commission has been successful in strengthening support for research, public service and teaching programs at UC, communicating the University’s role in creating and disseminating new technologies and scientific advances that make a difference for Californians and the nation, and expanding the network of influential advocates working on behalf of UC in Washington D.C. and Sacramento.

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