Board of Directors

Staff:

 

Gail Wadsworth, Executive Director— 530-756-6555  extension 17

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Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, Project Director, Cal Ag Roots -- 530-756-6555 extension 20

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Sarah Cain, Communications Outreach and Events -- 530-756-6555 extension 19

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Stephen Hobbs, Blog Editor for the Rural California Report  

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Affiliated Researchers:

 

Dr. Don Villarejo, Founder and Director Emeritus

Dr. Ryan Sinclair, Assistant Professor Environmental and Occupational Health, Loma Linda University

David Runsten, Policy Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Dr. Rick Mines, Indigenous Farmworker Study

Dr. Michael Rios, Associate Professor of Environmental Design, UC, Davis

Thea Rittenhouse, Gauchito Farm

Michael Courville, California Heat Illness Prevention Study

 

For the Rural California Report contact Gail Wadsworth

 

Mailing address:  PO Box 1047, Davis, CA 95617-1047


 

President

Hector Fernandez, MPA
Fernandez Government Solutions, LLC
Sacramento, CA
 
Vice-President
Vacant
 
Secretary
Bonnie Bade, PhD
California State University
San Marcos, CA
 
Treasurer
David Runsten
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Davis, CA
 
Genoveva Islas-Hooker, MPH
Cultiva La Salud
Fresno, CA
 
Director Emeritus
Don Villarejo, PhD
Founder, CIRS


About CIRS

As in many agricultural regions, rural California communities face deep-rooted barriers to sustainable development that have been inadequately addressed by public policy.  We have constructively responded to these challenges by focusing on a comprehensive range of research topics including farm labor, food systems and rural health. Within these broad program areas we do essential work on fair labor practices, market barriers to farmers, water use and policy, pesticide use, food insecurity and access and more.

All of our work is done with the goal of turning research into action. By working in the public interest we are able to present objective research findings to policy makers, stakeholder organizations, and the general public so that they can make decisions and take action.

Since 1977, we have focused on rural and agricultural issues, seeking sustainable solutions.  We take particular pride in forging beneficial relationships with grassroots stakeholder organizations while maintaining the respect and cooperation of research institutions in the state. Agencies and policy makers also look to us for substantive analysis of current public policy issues.  Our longstanding ties to community-based organizations in rural California are critical to our success in conducting sound empirical research among difficult to access populations such as hired farmworkers.

 

 

CIRS is a proud member of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Rural Coalition.

 

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