CIRS Blog about Rural California


Gail Wadsworth

Gail Wadsworth is the Executive Director of The CA Institute for Rural Studies

Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle covers the U.S. Supreme Court for McClatchy. He writes for the Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto Bee newspapers, the Merced Sun-Star and the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Seth M. Holmes

Seth M. Holmes, Ph.D., M.D. is an assistance professor in the School of Public Health and Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. He is the author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States.

Ildi Carlisle-Cummins

Ildi Carlisle-Cummins has not set their biography yet

Gail Feenstra, David Visher, and Shermain Hardesty

Gail Feenstra, David Visher, and Shermain Hardesty has not set their biography yet

Jennifer Billig

Jennifer Billig is the Senior Program Leader for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. For more information on Billig please visit her bio on the Institute's website:

Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson is the Development and Communications Director at the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA). Gary has more than 16 years' professional experience in sustainable agriculture and rural development. At ALBA he works to sustain program funding, oversee communications, facilitates program monitoring and evaluation, and supports diverse local and national partnerships. During his career, Gary has secured more than $15 million for a variety of innovations in sustainable food and farming systems. He has a BA in Political Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Masters of Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Maisie Greenawalt

Vice President of Strategy at Bon Appétit Management Company and President of Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation.

Gail Wadsworth

Gail Wadsworth is the executive director of the California Institute for Rural Studies. 

Carolyn Budd

Carolyn Budd is a San Diego-based freelance writer and poet.

Brad Lubben

Brad Lubben is a Policy Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (Photo courtesy of the AgChallenge2050 website)

Michael Singer

Professor Emeritus of Soil Science, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis.

Vallerye Mosquera

Vallerye Mosquera is a master’s student in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis. At UCD, she has served as a graduate student researcher for a study of immigrant and refugee serving organizations in the Sacramento region. She is also a part-time Bilingual Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Center in Yolo County. Prior to attending UC Davis, her work experience included outreach and environmental advocacy to Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and Latin America. Between 2005 and 2006, Vallerye earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the New College of Florida which led to a Fulbright research scholarship in Quito, Ecuador where she was responsible for evaluating social and environmental policies related to solid waste disposal. Mrs. Mosquera is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Rebeca Gallo

Rebeca Gallo is a Community Health Program Representative Assistant at the Western Center for Health and Safety. She was one of the team leaders in the California Heat and Illness Prevention Study.

Michael Rios

Michael Rios is Associate Professor and Chair of the Community Development Graduate Group at UC Davis, where he also directs the Sacramento Diasporas Project at the Center for Regional Change. He is co-editor with Leonardo Vazquez of Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (Routledge).

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