Western Growers has appointed Jeff Janas as its new communications manager in its Irvine, CA, office.
Janas comes to WG from Arizona, where he served as vice president of public affairs and communication at the Arizona Charter Schools Association. He has extensive experience in government and communications, having served previously as an appointee at the Ohio Department of Insurance in former Ohio Gov. George Voinovich’s administration and for 11 years as a congressional staffer at the U.S. House of Representatives.
During his congressional career, Janas served as director of committee operations at the House Administration Committee and also covered a multitude of topics, including agriculture, insurance and transportation issues.
“We are very happy to welcome Jeff to the Western Growers staff,” said Senior Director of Communications Wendy Fink-Weber. “He has a great deal of experience in government affairs and communications, and will make significant contributions to our efforts to advance the public policy goals of our members.”
Janas is an Ohio native and graduate of Ohio University in Athens, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications. He will edit WG’s twice-weekly electronic newsletter, Spotlight, handle news monitoring and contribute to issues management, social media, media relations and several writing and editing projects.