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The California Grocers Association (CGA) yesterday hired Keri Bailey as VP, government relations, to be responsible for managing the association’s government relations program at both the state and local level, including its two local government representatives and Sacramento staff. She will be the CGA's chief lobbyist and direct its contract lobbyists.
"Keri is the perfect fit for the association," said CGA president and c.e.o. Ron Fong. "Her outstanding reputation and extensive experience at the state Capitol, coupled with her association experience at the CA Credit Union League, will allow CGA to continue expanding its government relations program."
Bailey comes to CGA with more than 15 years' experience in the California Legislature. Most recently, she was director of state government affairs for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff for Assembly member Ed Chavez, senior consultant/legislative director for Assembly member Ellen Corbett, senior consultant for Assembly member Martin Gallegos, and field representative/legislative aide for Assembly member Mike Machado.
Fong said CGA plans to expand its sphere of influence both at the state and local levels and believes Bailey's legislative experience and knowledge will play a pivotal role in reaching that goal. CGA also plans to make significant progress on its grassroots programming and political action committee with Bailey helping to lead the charge. "The interview committee was impressed with Keri's overall knowledge of political and grassroots programs," he said.
The CGA is a nonprofit, statewide trade association representing approximately 500 retail members operating over 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, and about 200 grocery supplier companies.