Staff changes at Ag Council of California

Jan 29, 2010
by WLJ

Tricia Geringer has recently been hired as director of government affairs at the Agricultural Council of California (Ag Council). She will bring a wealth of policy experience to the organization through her past work on Capitol Hill for Congressman Radanovich, R-Mariposa. Geringer began her career with the congressman in 1995 and rose through the ranks to legislative director in 2000 where she served in that capacity for seven years. Geringer advised the congressman on matters related to agriculture, the environment, water, labor and taxation.

She left Washington in 2007 to pursue her law degree, which she completed in 2008 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. During her time in San Diego, she worked at CONNECT, a nonprofit association that assists local entrepreneurs with business growth. As director of public policy and development for CONNECT, Geringer facilitated opportunities for the membership and business leaders to interface with policy makers. In 2008, Congressman Radanovich brought Geringer back to his staff as senior policy advisor focusing on agriculture and California water policy.

“With the challenges facing our industry, Tricia’s expertise and passion for agriculture will never be more important than it is now,” said Emily Robidart Rooney, vice president of Ag Council. “We are extremely pleased to have Tricia on our team and appreciate how her experience in policy work will enhance our ability to serve our members’ interests.”

Geringer was raised on a farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley where her family raises wine grapes and raisins. She received her degree from Fresno State. Geringer will begin her new role with Ag Council beginning Feb. 1, 2010. Also effective on that date will be Emily Robidart Rooney’s promotion to president of Ag Council. Rooney will be succeeding long-time staffer Don Gordon, who is retiring after 35 years of service. Gordon’s efforts with Ag Council will be recognized during a reception at the annual meeting March 8-10, 2010, in Sonoma.

Prior to taking on her current role as vice president, Rooney worked for the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) as director of farm policy representing California farmer and ranchers’ interests at the federal level. Before joining CFBF, she worked for two years with the Lodi- Woodbridge Winegrape Commission as a marketing assistant. Rooney has extensive legislative experience from her time in Washington, D.C., working for two different members of Congress from California. As a legislative assistant, she advised the congressmen on agriculture, budget, taxes and judiciary matters.

Rooney is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and hails from a San Joaquin County multi-generational family agricultural operation. — WLJ