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Brian Shobe, Associate Policy Director

Brian began his agricultural career in 2009 on his grandparents’ farm in North Dakota and has been involved with sustainable agriculture and community food security work ever since. Prior to CalCAN, he served as the Program Coordinator and Government Resources Advisor at the Farmer Veteran Coalition, where he advised beginning farmers and advocated for their policy priorities. Brian received a yearlong Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, during which time he worked with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). Brian has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Beloit College and farming experience in three states.
brian(at)  •  (916) 441-4042

Jeanne Merrill, Policy Director

Jeanne has served as CalCAN’s Policy Director since the coalition was founded in 2009. She has over 20 years of experience in agricultural, environmental and energy policy advocacy at the state and national levels. Prior to CalCAN, she served as Associate Policy Director with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Wisconsin, where she worked on state and federal agricultural policy issues. Jeanne has served as a board member of the Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA), an organic certification organization, as co-chair of the coordinating council of the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and served for six years on the Organizational Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. She currently serves on the Agricultural Advisory Group of the Department of Water Resources.
jmerrill(at)  •  (916) 441-4042 or (916) 600-0083 (c)

Lauren Lum, Campaign Organizer

Lauren most recently worked for the County of Sonoma’s Energy and Sustainability Division providing technical assistance on energy efficiency, waste diversion and water conservation. She completed an AmeriCorps Fellowship with Farmster, a start-up community farm, as a member of a local health action committee. She also served as an intern at the Center for Food Justice and Healthy Communities at Regis University and has volunteered with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, with local organic farms and performing food justice surveys. Lauren grew up on a conventional farm in Vacaville, CA. She graduated from Regis University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Peace and Justice Studies.
lauren(at)  •  (707) 329-6374

Renata Brillinger, Executive Director

Renata is the co-founder and Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). She has two decades of experience in sustainable agriculture policy and food systems projects and has held numerous non-profit administrative positions since 1992. Prior to CalCAN, she was Program Director at the Climate Protection Campaign, focused on renewable energy and on agriculture. For seven years she served as the Director of Californians for GE-Free Agriculture, a coalition of sustainable agriculture and environmental organizations that provided education on genetic engineering in agriculture. She serves on the steering committee of the Center for Sustainability at CalPoly University in San Luis Obispo and the advisory board of UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute
renata(at)  •  (707) 329-6374 or (707) 536-7619 (c)

Policy Consultant:
Rebecca Marcus, RMarcus Government Strategies

Former Interns:
Molly Taylor, Spring 2019
Noah Lakritz, Summer 2018
Poojan Thakrar, Winter 2018
Chelsea Mitchell, Winter 2017
Beth Smoker, 2015/16
Sharon Licht, 2014/15
Dru Marion, 2013/14
Hui Qian, Fall 2012
Adam Kotin, Summer 2011
Adria Arko, Summer 2011
Elena Idell, Fall 2011

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