Dave Puglia
Western Growers, Executive Vice President

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. 

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.

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Articles by Dave Puglia

Sep 25, 2013

The 2013 legislative year for the California State Assembly is now in the books. Legislators completed their work in Sacramento last Thursday and now the spotlight focuses on the governor to see which bills he will sign and veto.

Jun 25, 2013

California’s biggest labor unions are attempting to advance legislation that would impose penalties on employers with more than 500 employees if any of their workers choose to access Medi-Cal instead of employer-offered health benefits, even if those benefits meet the requirements of the Affordab

May 21, 2013

With near record-low precipitation in California this year, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order this week to streamline approvals for voluntary water transfers to assist California’s agricultural industry.