Western Growers, Irvine, Calif., has hired Jeff Janas as communications manager.

Janas most recently worked as vice president of public affairs and communication at the Arizona Charter Schools Association. His previous experience also includes political work. He was an appointee in the Ohio Department of Insurance and worked as a congressional staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives for 11 years. He attended the University of Ohio at Athens, where he received a bachelor’s degree in communications.

In his new position, Janas edits the semi-weekly Western Growers newsletter and manages social media, news monitoring and public relations.