2014 Farm work group

This group was formed by the 2014 state Legislature to find mutual points of interest in the ag community and administrative solutions to agricultural issues. It's goals are to:

  • Educate on regulation, business practices and other ag-labor issues in Washington
  • Identify labor-related issues like housing, workplace standards and labor supply
  • Foster positive communication among stakeholders in the agricultural industry

Previous meetings

June 5, 2014
Meeting notes
Central Washington University
Student Union and Rec. Bldg.
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA  98926

July 9-10, 2014
Meeting notes 7/9
Meeting notes 7/10
Central Washington University
President's Board Room
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA  98926

October 16, 2014
Meeting notes
Highline Community College
2400 S. 240th Street, Building 2
Des Moines, WA  98198

November 13, 2014
Meeting notes 
Highline Community College
2400 S. 240th Street, Building 2
Des Moines, WA  98198   

Work group contacts at Employment Security Department

Cathy Hoover
Director of Government Relations

Erica Maki
Government Relations Advisor

Alicia Cardenas-Short

Kristi Basic
Administrative Assistant

Governor Appointed Work Group Members

Farmworker Advocate Reps

Rosalinda Guillen
Executive Director
Community to Community Development

Nina Martinez
Vice-Chair, Farmworker Rights & Immigration
Latino Civic Alliance

Teresa Mosqueda
Government Affairs Director
Washington State Labor Council,

Andrea Schmitt
Columbia Legal Services

Felimon Pineda
Vice President
Familias Unidas por la Justicia

Industry Reps

Scott Dilley
Associate Director of Gov. Relations
Washington Farm Bureau

Mike Gempler
Executive Director
Washington Growers League

Kirk Mayer
Washington State Growers 
Clearing House

Jon Wyss
Government Affairs Director
Gebbers Farms

Mike Youngquist
Mike and Jean’s Berry Farm

Agency Ex-Officio Members

Lisa Heaton
Spanish Language Communications and Hotlines

Uriel Iniguez
Executive Director
Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Alberto Isiordia
Washington Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker
Monitor Advocate
Employment Security Department

Kathy Schmitt
Deputy Director
Health Professions and Facilities
Department of Health

Ignacio Marquez
Community Liaison
Department of Agriculture

Victoria Breckwich-Vasquez
Director, Community Engagement & Education
Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center (PNASH)


This work group was formally established in Section 222(9), pages 154-155 of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6002 (PDF, 3MB) of the 63rd Legislature 2014 Regular Session.