Oct. 20, 2017 – -Gov. Brown recently made several appointments important to agriculture including a new special counsel to the air resources board and three members of the Board of Food and Agriculture.  Below are the announcements from the Governor’s Office:

Virgil Welch, 41, of Sacramento, has been appointed special counsel to the chair at the California Air Resources Board. Welch has been a partner at AJW Inc. since 2016. He was special assistant to the chair at the California Air Resources Board from 2008 to 2016. Welch was an attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund from 2006 to 2008, where he was climate change coordinator from 2006 to 2007. He was legislative director at the Planning and Conservation League from 2005 to 2006, where he was legislative advocate and project manager from 2003 to 2005.

Rachelle Arizmendi, 45, of Sierra Madre, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Arizmendi has been mayor of the City of Sierra Madre since 2017, where she served as a member of the city council from 2014 to 2017. She has been vice president and chief operating officer at the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment since 2016, where she was director of head start from 2000 to 2014 and a registered dietitian from 1998 to 2000. Arizmendi was nutrition adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College from 2013 to 2015. She earned a Master of Science degree in family and consumer sciences from Eastern Illinois University.

Crystal Hayling, 53, of San Mateo, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Hayling has been executive director at the Libra Foundation since 2017. She was managing director at the Aspen Institute from 2016 to 2017, a principal at C2 Projects from 2010 to 2015, president and chief executive officer at the Blue Shield of California Foundation from 2004 to 2009 and senior advisor at the Marguerite Casey Foundation from 1997 to 2003. She was senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund from 1995 to 1997, senior program officer at the California Wellness Foundation from 1992 to 1995, an associate director at the University of California, Los Angeles California Self-Help Center from 1990 to 1992 and program director at the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation from 1988 to 1990. Hayling is a member of the OvaCure US Foundation Board, Women’s Foundation of California Board and the Center for Effective Philanthropy Board. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Andrew Thulin, 62, of San Luis Obispo, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Thulin has served as dean of the California Polytechnic State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences since 2013, where he was head of the Animal Science Department from 1998 to 2013. He was technology manager at the Cargill Corporation from 1991 to 1998 and an associate professor at Michigan State University from 1985 to 1991. Thulin earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in nutrition from Kansas State University.