Website Governance

The UC ANR website is the foundation of our outreach and communications and a primary mechanism for stakeholder engagement in the division's activities. The site conveys and amplifies our mission, goals and work. It provides both an opportunity and an obligation to present timely, engaging information to our many audiences and engage them in our work. 

Website governance establishes the policies and procedures of managing our website ecosystem ( and all other SiteBuilder sites) with an eye to optimizing it based on industry trends such as social media, responsive design, cloud computing, analytics tools, etc. Governance responsibilities include digital content development strategies, web content workflows, site design (look and feel, continuity), user experience design, security, archiving, outsourcing, accessibility, legal matters, training and others.

The UC ANR Website Governance Committee is responsible for developing governance recommendations, with final decision-making authority residing with the Communications Advisory Board.

The committee thinks holistically about how our enterprise website strategy can advance all aspects of our organization’s mission and helps advocate for a consistent, high quality UC ANR digital experience. The group also supports broader website policies such as defining best practices and recommending training and templates to support division websites.

Policies currently under discussion include:

-sunset policy for outdated or rarely viewed content

-consideration of channels that should require peer review for web content

-policies for linking to outside content

-sanctions and appeals processes for addressing non-compliance with the governance model

-mobile/digital optimization



Dustin Blakey, County Director Inyo-Mono Counties, Farm Advisor

Jim Downing, Director of Publishing

Linda Forbes, Director of Strategic Communications

John Harper, Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor, Mendocino County

Jon Wilson, Interim Chief Information Officer

Lorna Krkich, Executive Director of Development Services

Rachel Surls, Sustainable Food Systems Advisor, Los Angeles County


Meetings are held quarterly or ad hoc.