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Matthew Dodson yesterday joined the California Grocers Association government relations department as director, local government relations, responsible for CGA's local government advocacy and outreach for the Southern California region.
The retail trade group said he will research and analyze ordinances and regulatory proposals, draft advocacy plans and messages, and communicate with elected officials, regulatory staff, and member companies. Dodson will also be CGA's representative in Southern California on many association issues, a position that had been vacant since January.
"As we continue to strengthen our government relations team with experienced, career-oriented government relations professionals, Matthew will be a great addition to the team," said CGA president Ronald Fong. "His experience with state and local government will be invaluable to the association and will greatly assist in strengthening CGA's advocacy program in Southern California. By bringing back this position 'in house,' we are able to better serve the needs of our members."
Dodson was field representative for California State Senator Jack Scott for the past two years, representing the Senator at district events and researching policy issues. Prior to this, he worked for California State Senator Debra Bowen and for City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.
Additionally, he has worked for a number of political campaigns in Southern California. Matthew has a Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College.
The CGA is a non-profit, statewide trade association representing approximately 500 retail members that operate more than 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, as well as approximately 200 grocery supplier companies.