CCM plucks Senate staffer as new government director

Former State Sen. Melissa Hurtado staff member hired as director of state governmental affairs

EXETER – California Citrus Mutual took a man on the inside of government and made him their own when they hired Jacob Villagomez as their new director of state government affairs.

CCM announced this month that Villagomez is coming from the state Senate, where he previously served as the district director for Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger).

Jacob Villagomez

In his new role, Villagomez will advocate on behalf of California’s citrus growers in the State legislature and within administrative and regulatory agencies.

“I am extremely excited to add another talented member to the CCM team,” stated president/CEO Casey Creamer. “Jacob’s time as a legislative staffer will add valuable experience and perspective to the organization as we deal with significant concerns related to water, pest management, labor, and the overall cost of doing business in California. As a son of citrus farmers in the Sanger area, he has a vested interest in our success and a strong passion to bring positive change for the industry.”

Villagomez attended California State University, Fresno where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is also an alumnus of the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute’s Legislative Scholars program and a graduate of the Fresno County Farm Bureau’s Future Advocates Concerned About Tomorrow (FAACT) program.

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