CAWG Committees

The CAWG board of directors established four committees of the board, which spend significant time on issues and challenges confronting the industry. The committees meet to consider issues, develop information and analyses and recommend policies and priorities to the full board of directors.

Federal & International Issues

Chaired by: Mike Testa
The committee provides a forum for analyzing, discussing and debating various federal public policy issues, including labor and immigration, water, environment, wine labeling and international trade issues. The committee recommends to the board of directors positions and priorities on federal policy matters.

State Government Affairs Committee 

Chaired by: Brad Goehring
The committee provides a forum for analyzing, discussing and debating various state public policy issues that affect vineyards and the health of the California winegrape industry. Legislative and regulatory issues that may come before the committee include labor, water, environment, tax  and market enforcement. The committee recommends to the board of directors positions and priorities on state policy matters.

Industry Affairs & Sustainability

Chaired by: Mike Boer
The committee oversees the activities of the association in the area of industry affairs, specifically in the areas of sustainability (California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance), research/extension, winegrape statistics, environmental and pest management issues, and the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (along with the CAWG Member Services & Communications Committee). The committee analyzes, discusses and debates industry issues and problems, and identifies priorities and options for consideration by the board of directors.

Member Services & Communications

Chaired by: Bruce Phillips
The committee oversees the association’s activities in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, association governance, the development and delivery of member programs, services and educational activities (seminars, Smart Marketer, etc). The committee is responsible for assessing and recommending priorities or improvements in the content and effectiveness of communications to CAWG members. The committee recommends to the board of directors proposals to enhance the value of membership and improvements in the operation of the association.