Governor Brown Announces Appointment


SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown today announced the following appointment.

Karen Ross, 59, of Alexandria, VA, has been appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. She has been Chief Of Staff with the United States Department of Agriculture since 2010. Previously, Ross served as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers from 1996 to 2009. She was the Vice President of Government Relations for the Agricultural Council of California from 1989 to 1996. Ross served as a member of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture from 2001 to 2009. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $172,524. Ross is a Democrat.