Please direct media inquiries to:
Renata Brillinger, Executive Director: renata(at)calclimateag.org • (707) 536-7619 (c)
Anna Larson, Senior Policy Associate
Anna brings experience advocating for sustainable and equitable food systems in the Midwest, Northeast, and West Coast. She has worked on diverse food system challenges, including community engagement in local food policy, field research on biological pest control, and farmer access to business assistance. Prior to CalCAN, she coordinated the emerging Agricultural Viability Alliance, helped conduct community food program evaluations with the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, and provided technical assistance to local food policy councils with the Public Health Law Center. Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian Shobe, Policy Director
Brian has worked as a core member of CalCAN’s policy team since 2017. He 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.
Dago has over 10 years of experience in food and climate policy preceded by youth climate action organizing, he was a driving force behind the creation of the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Program (2021) and advised on the state’s Healthy Soils Action Plan, one of the few in the country. He continues to be active in the Massachusetts legislative arena as the Policy Advisor to the Massachusetts Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass). Before starting his policy career as a cofounder of Citizens for GMO Labeling in 2012, he earned a BS in biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. With roots in Rhode Island and Cuba, he now lives in rural Western Massachusetts with his family, where they cultivate medicine, healthy soils and pollinator habitats while building alliances toward cultural regeneration.
Kristine Rebiero, Development & Communications Manager
Kristine has both a strong background in communications, as well as a personal and professional connection to agriculture. With over 12 years of experience in agriculture communications and marketing as well as an education in the environmental sciences, she sees herself as a bridge between the environment and agriculture. Kristine is a third-generation California native and lives in Modesto where her grandparents arrived from the Azores and where most of her family has remained. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business with a minor in mass communication and journalism from CSU Fresno and then a Master of Science in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Renata Brillinger, Executive Director
Renata is the co-founder and Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). She has 25 years 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 a food and farming advisory board of the State Innovation Exchange and the advisory board of UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute.
Senior Policy Advisor:
Jeanne Merrill, Jeanne Merrill Consulting
Rebecca Marcus, RMarcus Government Strategies
Priya Riley, Summer 2023
Benny Corona, Spring 2021
Grace Perry, Spring 2020
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