The California Fresh Fruit Association has hired Ian F. LeMay as its new director of member relations and communications. In his new position LeMay will be responsible for membership recruitment and retainment, as well as a multitude of legislative concerns for association members at both the state and federal levels.
Previously LeMay served as the district director for Rep. Jim Costa in California's 16th congressional district. In his role in representing Rep. Costa, LeMay focused on constituent and agricultural issues, particularly water supply and availability.
"We are very pleased that Ian has agreed to become part of the team at CFFA," Family Tree Farms' David Jackson, CFFA chairman of the board, said in a press release. "His background and education, as well as working agricultural issues for Congressman Costa, should translate into real value for our membership."
"I have had the pleasure of working with Ian for a number of years in his role with the congressman, and I have always found him to be an articulate and vocal advocate for California agriculture," Barry Bedwell, association president, said in the press release. "We believe he is a natural fit along with our current staff to continue to enthusiastically represent our members."
LeMay is a San Joaquin Valley native and a graduate of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly he was an agricultural business major with a concentration in marketing. He and his wife, Molly, currently reside in Fresno and just welcomed their first child in December.