The Sacramento-based California Grocers Association (CGA) has named Kelly Ash as VP of government relations, effective Jan. 3.
In this position, Ash will serve as the association’s chief lobbyist and be responsible for managing all aspects of CGA’s advocacy efforts. She will represent CGA member companies on strategic advocacy efforts before the State Legislature, regulatory agencies and local municipalities, as well as manage CGA’s government relations staff and contract lobbyists. Ash also will participate on CGA’s Senior Management Team.
“Kelly will be a tremendous addition to our government relations team,” said Ron Fong, CGA president and CEO. “She is no stranger to the California Legislature, having served in numerous positions in the State Assembly. Her experience will prove extremely valuable as the association continues to strengthen and expand its legislative program.”
Prior to joining CGA, Ash served three years as capitol director in the California State Assembly and two years as deputy political director for the Personal Insurance Federation of California. She also has served as a consultant, capitol director/legislative director and legislative aide in the California State Assembly.
Ash holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Seattle Pacific University.
“Kelly stood out from a field of excellent candidates,” said Michel LeClerc, CFO, North State Grocery Inc. and chair of the CGA Government Relations Committee. “She brings to CGA a great blend of expertise and passion that will serve us well as we navigate the legislative and regulatory challenges facing our industry.”