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.

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Articles by Matthew Allen

Sep 02, 2014

The 2013-2014 California legislative session was completed early Saturday morning amid a flurry of final action on bills. The focus now shifts as the Governor will decide the fate of the bills that were passed.

Aug 19, 2014

This week, the California Senate is expected to vote on AB 1897 and AB 2416, two bills opposed by a large coalition of organizations that includes Western Growers.  WG sent an Action Alert to California members earlier today urging them to contact their senator and urge a ‘NO’ vote on each bill. 

Aug 29, 2013

One of the consequences of the recession is a $10 billion dollar deficit in California’s Unemployment Insurance Fund (UI). California had a record number of people on unemployment at the height of the downturn and had no choice but to borrow funds from the federal government.