Matthew Allen
Western Growers, Director, California Government Affairs

Matthew joined Western Growers in December 2011. He advocates on behalf of the membership on a wide array of issues including labor, taxes, air quality, land use, regulatory reform, and crop protection. 

Matthew’s previous experience includes serving as the External Relations Manager at the California Optometric Association, Field Representative for former Assembly member Roger Niello, and Supplier Manager at Intel Corporation. He also served in several positions at the California Restaurant Association including as Public Affairs Director where he created and developed the association’s first ever public affairs department. In this role, Matthew was responsible for helping to shape, manage, and implement the overall political strategy for the association. 

Born in Elk Grove and a member of a farm family, he received his B.A. and International M.B.A. from the University of San Diego.

Contact information

Contact Email:
mallen@wga.com
916-446-1435

Articles by Matthew Allen

May 14, 2020

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the HEROES Act, or CARES Act 2.0. The Senate will reportedly wait to take up any potential legislative package offering additional COVID-19 relief funds.

Oct 22, 2019

The 2019 California legislative year has concluded. The Legislature adjourned in the early morning hours of September 14th and Governor Newsom has completed taking action on those bills that made it to his desk.

Sep 12, 2019

AB 1783 (Robert Rivas, Hollister) – a UFW bill that would make it more difficult to build safe and affordable farmworker housing in California – has passed the Assembly and Senate and now heads to the desk of California Governor Gavin Newsom for signing.

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