Matthew Allen
Western Growers, VP, State 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

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.

Aug 15, 2013

WG and our industry allies are working to stop the passage of the UFW bill SB 25 (Steinberg, D-Sacramento) when it is considered on the Assembly Floor. This bill eliminates the need for employers and employees to bargain and will result in perpetual mediation.

Jun 13, 2013

In a startling and rare development, legislation sponsored by the United Farm Workers failed passage in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee yesterday afternoon.

Jun 11, 2013

On Friday June 7, Western Growers sponsored and helped organize a farm tour in Salinas.  Western Growers staff were joined by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael).