After an executive search led by Dawn Bardessono at Benchmark Consulting, the Napa County Farm Bureau has selected Ryan Klobas, JD to serve as the Farm Bureau’s Policy Director to lead all issues relating to the organization’s public policy and political interests.

Klobas brings an extensive background in public administration, politics and law. He served as a Deputy Secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. During his tenure in Sacramento, Klobas advised the Governor and made appointment recommendations to the Governor for California’s state boards and commissions.

As Chief of Staff on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, he headed two full time offices in Contra Costa County that represented the constituents of District III. He was responsible for devising and leading all of the County Supervisor’s policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

He has also served as Campaign Manager to US Congressman and House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo where he successfully managed all aspects of the Congressman’s winning re-election campaign as Congressman Pombo was re-districted into Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Klobas also served as Senior Field Representative to California Assemblywoman Lynne Leach in the California State Assembly where he represented the Assemblywoman’s interests.

“The Napa County Farm Bureau is very excited to bring Ryan on board. Hiring a Policy Director of this caliber is in line with the Farm Bureau’s vision of supporting our organization at a high level of sophistication and positioning the Farm Bureau to be a formidable leader in Napa Valley”, said Manuel Rios, President of the Napa County Farm Bureau.

Klobas holds a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga.