Emcee Dennis Donohue
Chair, Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit
Western Growers Association for Innovation
AM Keynote – Bob Gray
Past President and CEO of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
Bob joined Ag Leadership in September, 2009, after a distinguished career in industry. He spent 29 years with the Duda Company and headed the largest subsidiary of the corporation, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc., with fresh produce operations in 11 states and Mexico, 5 sales offices, and 23 shipping points during his tenure.
Prior to that time, he worked for several smaller grower-shippers in both Arizona and California in a variety of positions, including sales and sales management. Bob has been an active member of many industry organizations and served as the 73rd Chairman of the Grower Shipper Association of Central California (Salinas, CA) in 2003-2004, and was the 83rd Chairman of the Western Growers Association (Irvine, CA), 2007-2008. He is a past Chairman of the California Celery Research Advisory Board (1996-2000) and past member of the California Lettuce Advisory Board. He served on the Technical Committee of the Center for Produce Safety, affiliated with the University of California at Davis, from its inception until 2014.
And, in the late 1990’s, Bob served as Chairman of the Board of the Hartnell College Foundation.
Bob holds a B.A. With Highest Distinction from the University of Arizona (1971) and an Honours M.A. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1973) where he was a British Marshall Scholar.
Lunch Keynote – Glenda Humiston
Vice President of University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Dr. Glenda Humiston was appointed vice president of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Aug. 3, 2015.
Humiston was born in California and raised on a cattle ranch in Colorado, where she was a member of 4-H. She came to UC ANR with more than 25 years of experience working on public policy development and program implementation supporting sustainability.
She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, as executive director of a nonprofit organization advocating farmland preservation and value-added agriculture development, and several years as a consultant on environmental and agricultural issues throughout the West.
She served President Clinton as deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment at USDA from 1998 to 2001. She managed the Sustainable Development Institute at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa and the 2006 World Water Forum in Mexico City. In 2009, Humiston was appointed by President Obama to serve as the California State Director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development.
Humiston produced a widely acclaimed guidebook on “Access to Capital” and has led efforts to bring rural issues to the forefront of the state’s Economic Summit and policymakers throughout California.
Humiston earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management in 2009 with research focused on U.S. Farm Bill policy. She has a master’s degree in international agricultural development from UC Davis and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University.
PM Keynote – John Chiang
California State Treasurer
Elected California’s 33rd State Treasurer on November 4, 2014, John serves as our state’s banker, overseeing trillions of dollars in transactions every year. Conducting the State’s business in the most transparent manner possible is his top priority and the results are proof.