California Women for Agriculture (CWA) was formed in 1975, in the Coachella Valley. The name was chosen to develop a cross section of members across our great state. In fact, the nucleus of the first chapter was made up of consumers, as well as farmers. Today our membership is as diverse as the industry we represent; bankers, lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals, consumers, farmers and ranchers. With 20 chapters and 2,000 plus members across the state. Members are actively engaged in public relations, education and legislative advocacy on behalf of agriculture.

Our mission is to promote and protect the agricultural industry, to promote and develop the interest of California women involved or interested in agriculture and to promote a strong agriculture industry in San Luis Obispo County.

CWA’s efforts are guided by 5 principle objectives:  to speak on behalf of agriculture in an intelligent, informative, direct and truthful manner; to keep CWA members informed on legislative activities pertaining to agriculture; to join forces when the need arises to deal with agricultural issues and challenges; to improve the public image of farmers and; to develop a rapport with consumers, educators, and governmental & business leaders in communities throughout the county and outlying areas. SLO CWA plays an important role in being a part of the bigger ag picture in California Agriculture.

  • CWA believes…that California agriculture is the fundamental cornerstone for our country’s health and national security. Agriculture needs to be California’s number one priority.
  • CWA is committed…to maintaining a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry for California and our nation.
  • CWA is dedicated…to ensuring that a local, reliable and safe food supply continues to be available for future generations.

Click HERE for chapter by-laws and descriptions of officer roles.

  • Holly Smith
    Holly Smith President

    Born in Apple Valley, California, Holly grew up riding and competing on horseback, in addition to extensive involvement in her local 4-H and FFA groups showing swine. Holly graduated from California Polytechnic State University here in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Science and a Master’s in Agriculture, focused in Education. She taught high school agriculture in Carpinteria and Paso Robles, but now leads Gallo Vineyards as Vineyard Manager. As Holly’s sixth year involved with CWA, she is excited to be serving her second term as president. In her free time, Holly enjoys going to the beach, fishing and just about anything outdoors.

  • Samantha Wallace
    Samantha Wallace Vice President of External Affairs

    Samantha Wallace graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications. She is a project manager for an advertising and marketing agency in San Luis Obispo and has led numerous marketing campaigns for wine, agriculture and service-focused organizations. Sam is looking forward to mentoring our fabulous Cal Poly student interns on social media campaigns, event planning, and public relations. In her free time she enjoys hunting, traveling, wine tasting with her friends and being in the outdoors.

  • Jeannette McClure
    Jeannette McClure Vice President of Internal Affairs

    Jeannette grew up in Marin County on her family’s organic dairy farm. She graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Agribusiness Marketing and minors in Dairy Foods Processing and Psychology. After graduation, Jeannette began her career in agricultural lending. She is currently an Agricultural Relationship Manager at Pacific Premier Bank in San Luis Obispo. In her free time, Jeannette loves hiking, traveling, cooking, and happy hour.

  • Erin Gorter
    Erin Gorter Secretary

    Erin represents the third generation of her family here in San Luis Obispo and received her Associate’s from Modesto Junior College prior to graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. Following her time in Texas, Erin proceeded to study at California Polytechnic State University here in SLO obtaining her Master’s in Agriculture. Prior to becoming a professor at Cal Poly, Erin also studied Agricultural Education to receive a Doctor’s degree. Erin now resides in Templeton while teaching in the Agricultural Education and Communication Department at Cal Poly, SLO. Erin and her husband, Travis, enjoy spending time with their three dogs, brewing beer and hiking.

  • Audrey Mora
    Audrey Mora Treasurer

    Audrey grew up heavily involved in agriculture in Chico and earned a degree in Ag-Business from Cal Poly SLO where most of her family lives. After school, she began working as a Risk Advisor for Morris & Garritano Insurance where she specializes in assisting wine and agricultural operations best protect their businesses. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, wine tasting with friends, and helping her family with their cattle ranch.

  • Dana Byrd
    Dana Byrd Immediate Past Co-President

    Dana was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science along with minors in Agribusiness, Wine and Viticulture and Equine Science. During summers at Cal Poly, Dana was fortunate to intern at a racing quarter horse breeding farm in New Mexico, a guest ranch in Wyoming, the Calgary Stampede in Canada, and study abroad in central Italy. Following graduation, she traveled through South America and taught English in a public high school in northern Chile. After returning to the states and the Central Coast, Dana worked in produce sales and sales / marketing for the wine and beer industry before returning to Cal Poly to attain an MBA. She enjoys being involved in her community and has been on the SLO Chapter’s Executive Board of California Women for Agriculture since 2014. Dana still has the travel bug and can’t wait for her next adventure!

  • Dayle Morris
    Dayle Morris Assistant Treasurer

    Dayle was born and raised in Ventura, California. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agribusiness and an emphasis in Supply Chain Management. Dayle graduated school and went through an Enterprise Holdings Management program as she moved up the ranks in the SLO area. Now working for Regal Wine Co., Dayle is an account executive in the Santa Barbara territory. 


  • Clarissa Ballo
    Clarissa Ballo Chapter Intern: Public Relations

    Clarissa Ballo is currently a fourth-year at California Polytechnic State University studying Agriculture Communications, in addition, working towards a minor in Agribusiness. From 4-H and FFA to Cal Poly’s Bull Test program and Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show, Clarissa’s roots are grounded in the agriculture industry. Raised in Templeton, California, Clarissa is excited to be a part of an organization that strives and continues to give back to the local agriculture community. As this year’s Public Relations Intern, Clarissa will be spending her time updating and improving the website, sponsorship program and public outreach efforts.

  • Kaylee Brooks
    Kaylee Brooks Chapter Intern: Social Media
    Kaylee Brooks is a recent graduate from San Luis Obispo’s California Polytechnic State University, Class of 2020. Kaylee is now applying her Agricultural Communications degree in the Client Relations department for local printing business, Poor Richard’s Press. During this internship, Kaylee hopes to gain further knowledge on social media management and utilize the skills and tools that she has learned from Cal Poly. Kaylee has been a member of SLO CWA for the past two years and is very excited to do what she can to help out and give back to the local agriculture community through social media outreach.