Dec. 18, 2017 – -Following the announcement of Almond Alliance of California President Kelly Covello’s resignation effective Dec. 31, 2017, Almond Alliance Chairman Brad Craven has outlined the transition process to find a new President:

“A multi-layered search is underway that employs professional search agencies while also tapping into the almond industry for references and inquiries. We expect this process to take some time as we conduct a thorough search for the next leader of our association.

For the interim period beginning in January, Andrea York, Manager of Government Affairs, will serve as Acting President. Ms. York brings a decade of non-profit association management to the interim position and has the full support of the Board of Directors. Additionally, our experienced and capable staff, Ashley Hollis and Annie Romero will continue in their positions and all of Alliance’s member-driven programs will continue to function as usual during this transition period.

The Almond Alliance Board of Directors realizes that selecting the association’s next leader is a hugely important task. As the search moves forward during the coming weeks, we will be keeping our membership informed and involved in the process. We welcome any comments from members about this critical task and urge them to direct all emails to Ashley Hollis at and we will respond in a timely manner.”