USDA Announces New Board Members to Hass Avocado Board

On Thursday, November 2, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of eleven members to the Hass Avocado Board. Appointed are three producer members, three producer alternates, two importer members and two importer alternates to fill three-year terms expiring on October 31, 2026, and one vacant importer alternate seat to fill the remainder of the term which expires on October 31, 2024.

Members and alternates newly appointed to serve are:

  • Doug J. O’Hara, Camarillo, California (Producer Member)
  • Ben Van Der Kar, Carpinteria, California (Producer Alternate)
  • Will Carleton, Carpinteria, California (Producer Member)
  • Jeff Dickinson, Fallbrook, California (Producer Member)
  • Elizabeth Flores, Fallbrook, California (Producer Alternate)
  • Hillary DeCarl, Fallbrook, California (Producer Alternate)
  • Gwendolyn Jackimek, Coral Gables, Florida (Importer Member)
  • LeighAnne Neary, Santa Paula, California (Importer Member)
  • Rigo Perez Jr., Oxnard, California (Importer Alternate)
  • Elizabeth G. Ayala, Pharr, Texas (Importer Alternate)

Appointed member serving a vacant term, expiring October 31, 2024:

  • David Billings, Capistrano Beach, California (Importer Alternate)

The Hass Avocado Board has 12 members, including seven producer members, two importer members, and three producer or importer members who serve in swing seats. Each member has an alternate.

Following the seating of the new HAB Board, on December 6th, 2023, the board announced its newly-elected executive committee board members that will be serving for the 2024 board year.

Bob Schaar

Bob Schaar

Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson

Chris Henry

Chris Henry

Gwen Jackimek

Gwen Jackimek

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