Rooney Promoted to Ag Council President

Staff changes at Ag Council will enhance organization's presence in Sacramento.

Published on: Feb 2, 2010
Emily Robidart Rooney is promotion to president of Agricultural Council of California, Sacramento. Rooney will be succeeding long-time staffer Don Gordon, who is retiring after 35 years of service, in the executive leadership position at the organization.

Prior to taking on her current role as vice president, Rooney worked for the California Farm Bureau Federation 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, where she was 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 has also worked as an adviser on several political campaigns throughout California.

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

Gordon's efforts with Ag Council will be recognized during a special reception at the organization's Annual Meeting, which will be held March 8-10, 2010 in Sonoma.

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). Tricia 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. Tricia advised the congressman on matters related to agriculture, the environment, water, labor and taxation.

Tricia left Washington in 2007 to pursue her law degree, which she completed in 2008 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

In 2008, Congressman Radanovich brought Tricia 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."

Tricia was raised on a farm in California's San Joaquin Valley, where her family raises wine grapes and raisins. She received her bachelor's degree from Fresno State University.