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.
  • Holly Smith
    Holly Smith President

    Holly Smith graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor degree in Agriculture Science and a Masters in Agriculture, specializing in Education. She taught high school agriculture in Carpinteria and Paso Robles, and now is a Vineyard Manager with Gallo Vineyards. Her corgi, Violet, is our CWA mascot.

    “I love the opportunity to support the future of agriculture”

  • Kelsey Gorter
    Kelsey Gorter Vice President of External Affairs

    Kelsey was born in San Luis Obispo. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in Biochemistry and became a high school chemistry teacher at Arroyo Grande High School. She most recently studied winemaking through UC Davis and now works at Treasury Wine Estates in Paso Robles as the Laboratory Manager.

  • 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.

  • Samantha Wallace
    Samantha Wallace Secretary

    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. She hopes to use her experience to bring more awareness to CWA in the San Luis Obispo County this year.

  • Audrey Mora
    Audrey Mora Assistant 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.

  • Lisa Loogman
    Lisa Loogman Immediate Past Co-President

    Lisa was born and raised in Hemet, CA. She moved to the beautiful central coast to attend Cal Poly where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. She now works for Talley Farms Fresh Harvest, promoting their local fruit and vegetable boxes. In her free time she likes to travel, cook, go camping and hike with her dog Josie.

  • 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!