Dave Puglia joined Western Growers in 2005, leading the association’s state government affairs team and media communications staff on behalf of the association’s 2,500 members in California, Arizona and Colorado. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in July 2015 in recognition of expanded responsibilities for Western Growers’ operations and his extensive work on water policy issues affecting western agriculture. In February 2020, Puglia assumed the role of President & CEO after being unanimously selected by the Western Growers Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Western Growers, Puglia was Vice President of APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs consulting firm. During his six-year tenure, he helped build the firm’s Sacramento practice, providing strategic advice and issues management expertise on public policy issues to numerous corporations and industry associations.
Puglia previously served for seven years in the California Attorney General’s Office, first as Press Secretary and later as Director of Public Affairs and Communications. In addition to serving as chief spokesperson for the state Department of Justice, Puglia directed the agency’s public policy research and was a senior adviser to Attorney General Daniel E. Lungren.
Puglia has also served in senior roles on three statewide political campaigns in California.
He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center and is a member of the board of directors of SWIIM System, Ltd©., a Denver-based irrigation management company.
A native of Sacramento, Puglia earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, in Government-Journalism. Dave and his wife Lezlie, and their twin sons, live in Orange County, California.