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Our Staff


Wine Institute staff support our mission and our members both domestically and internationally with offices in Sacramento and Washington D.C., as well as six regional offices managing contract lobbyists in 48 states. We have a presence worldwide on international trade issues, and active export marketing programs in 25 countries.

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Executive Office

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Bobby Koch

President & CEO

Maluri Fernandez

Executive Assistant

Federal & International Public Policy

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Charles Jefferson

Vice President, Federal & Int'l Public Policy

Michele Famiglietti

Senior Director, Federal Relations

Jamie Ferman

Senior Director, International Public Policy

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Susan Gregory

Manager, Federal Compliance Program

California State Relations

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Tim Schmelzer

Vice President, California State Relations

Noelle Cremers

Director, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs

Anna Ferrera

Anna Ferrera

Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

Fely Realin

Administrative Assistant (Sacramento Office)

State Relations

Steve Gross

Vice President, State Relations

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Annie Bones

Regulatory Compliance Manager

Tyler Rudd

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

Terri Cofer Beirne

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

Geralyn Lasher

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

Carrie Rand-Anastasiades

Director, Northeast States (CT, MA, ME, NH, OH, RI, VT)

Hunter Limbaugh

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

Sally Jefferson

Director, Western States (AK, AZ, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA)

Communications & Member Relations

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Natalie Wymer

Vice President, Communications and Member Relations

Ian Blue

Member Relations Director

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Gino DiCaro

Communications Director

Amy Azzolina

Social Media and Communications Manager

Megan Long

Communications Manager

Environmental Affairs

Allison Jordan

Vice President, Environmental Affairs

Olivia Regalia

Environmental Affairs Coordinator


Justin McGuirk

Vice President and General Counsel

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Debbie Fonseca

Legal Coordinator

International Marketing

Honore Comfort

Vice President, International Marketing

Diane Berardi

Operations / California Wine Export Membership Manager

Drew Sakauye

CPA Senior Accountant

Kate Venugopal

Kate Venugopal

International Marketing Sustainability Specialist

Finance and Administration

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Ted Rose

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Shin Kao

Information Technology Manager

Joe Trone

Senior Accounting Manager

Maria Vong

Senior Accountant