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Wine Institute staff support our mission and our members both domestically and internationally with offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Washington D.C., as well as six regional offices managing contract lobbyists in every state. We have a presence worldwide on international trade issues, and active export marketing programs in 25 countries.

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Executive Office

Robert Koch

President / Chief Executive Officer

Ian Blue

Member Relations Director

Maluri Fernandez

Executive Assistant

Federal & International Public Policy

Charles Jefferson

Vice President, Federal & Int'l Public Policy

Michele Famiglietti

Senior Director, Federal Relations

Katherine Bedard

Director, International Public Policy

Susan Gregory

Manager, Federal Compliance Program

Vikki Kennedy Watkins

Washington D.C. Office Manager

California State Relations

Tim Schmelzer

Vice President, California State Relations

Tyler Blackney

Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

Noelle Cremers

Director, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs

Fely Realin

Administrative Assistant (Sacramento Office)

State Relations

Steve Gross

Vice President, State Relations

Annie Bones

State Compliance Specialist

Tyler Rudd

Central States Counsel (CO, IA, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX, UT, WY)

Terri Cofer Beirne

Eastern Counsel (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NC, PA, VA, WV)

Sally Jefferson

Director, Great Lakes States (IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, ND, SD, WI)

Carol Martel

Northeastern Counsel (CT, MA, ME, NH, OH, RI, VT)

Hunter Limbaugh

Southeastern Counsel (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, SC, TN)

Katie Jacoy

Western Counsel (AK, AZ, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, WA)


Nancy Light

Vice President, Communications

Gladys Horiuchi

Director, Media Relations

Jenni Jennions

Manager, Communications

Amy Azzolina

Communications Coordinator

Environmental Affairs

Allison Jordan

Vice President, Environmental Affairs

Persis Johnson

Environmental Affairs Coordinator


Tracy Genesen

Vice President / General Counsel

Mary-Claire Rotticci

Associate Counsel

Debbie Fonseca

Executive Assistant

International Marketing

Honore Comfort

Vice President, International Marketing

Diane Berardi

Trade & Media Visits Coordinator

Karli Quinn

Manager, International Marketing

Kelvin Sevilla

Staff Accountant

Finance and Administration

Steve Hayes

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Shin Kao

Manager, Information Technology

Josephine Nepomuceno

Manager, Accounting

Maria Vong

Senior Accountant

Lionel Newman

Administrative Coordinator and Receptionist (SF Office)