Western Growers has hired Capitol Hill veterans Jonathan Sarager and Tracey Chow for the group’s Washington, D.C.-based government affairs positions.
The positions were opened up following the departure this year of Ken Barbic, who now serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, according to a news release.
“Jonathan and Tracey are both extremely accomplished professionals with a wealth of experience on issues critical to Western Growers members and the entire Western fresh produce industry,” Dennis Nuxoll, vice president federal government affairs for Western Growers, said in the release. “I am confident they will skillfully help us navigate the tricky political terrain here in Washington, D.C., and help our farmers thrive.”
Sarager most recently served as counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he had extensive experience writing and negotiating immigration reform legislation, according to the release. Previously, Sarager also had staffed the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and also served in a senior policy position with a member of Congress, according to the release.
Chow comes to Western Growers from the office of Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., where she served as legislative assistant, according to the release. In that position, Chow managed Rep. Denham’s House Agriculture Committee assignment portfolio, as well as other issues relevant to the fresh produce industry, including trade, tax policy, labor and business regulations.