The Crush - January 2022 - 5

CAWG STAFF NEWS
John Aguirre to Step Down After
12 Years with CAWG
CAWG announced the
planned departure of its
president, John Aguirre,
effective May 31, 2022. He
started with the association
on June 1, 2010.
" Leading CAWG has been a dream job, " Aguirre said. " I've had
the privilege of working for outstanding volunteer leaders who
are dedicated to the idea of advocacy on behalf of winegrape
growers. I could not contemplate a better conclusion to my career
as an association executive. My wife and I are planning a new
chapter in our lives with a move to Portugal mid-year, but I
intend to maintain my relationship with the wine industry. "
Tom Slater of Slater Farms in Clarksburg and chair of the CAWG
board of directors said, " We are grateful that John gave us 12
years of steady leadership and his unwavering commitment to
growers' interests. No matter how tough the issues, he always
provided a reassuring voice and wise counsel. "
Under Aguirre's leadership, CAWG increased its presence in
Washington, D.C. by hiring a new federal government affairs
team. Since 2010, CAWG has advocated for well-funded plant
pest and disease programs and for a revamped agricultural
guestworker program, obtained relief for winegrape growers
from the Food and Drug Administration's produce safety rule,
and secured federal money for new programs of research on
wildfire smoke issues and disaster assistance for growers affected
by wildfires. More recently, Aguirre played a key role in the
formation and operation of the West Coast Smoke Exposure
Task Force, a group comprised of industry representatives from
California, Oregon and Washington.
At the state level, CAWG twice succeeded in reauthorizing
grower assessments to address Pierce's disease, the glassywinged
sharpshooter and the control of other pests; passed
amendments to California's processors law; and worked to
protect growers from onerous new labor and environmental
regulations.
Aguirre has spent his career working on agriculture and food
policy. He began his career in the U.S. Congress working for the
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and
later for the House Committee on Agriculture. After leaving
Capitol Hill, he worked for two food industry associations in
Washington, D.C., and immediately prior to joining CAWG,
Aguirre served as executive director of the Oregon Association of
Nurseries.
To ensure a smooth transition, Aguirre is working closely with
Slater, who will meet with the CAWG board of directors this
month to consider and formalize a transition plan.
" The association is strong and we are well equipped to transition
to new leadership, " Slater said.
" LEADING CAWG HAS BEEN A DREAM JOB. I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE
OF WORKING FOR OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER LEADERS WHO ARE
DEDICATED TO THE IDEA OF ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF WINEGRAPE
GROWERS. I COULD NOT CONTEMPLATE A BETTER CONCLUSION TO
MY CAREER AS AN ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE. "
-JOHN AGUIRRE
CAWG.ORG 5
https://www.cawg.org/

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