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Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini, Director

Val Dolcini was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation on October 14, 2019. He had served as the Acting Director since June 2019. He had also served as the Deputy Secretary for Agriculture at the California Environmental Protection Agency, following his appointment to that position by Governor Newsom in March 2019. A fifth generation Californian, Dolcini brings to the Department more than two decades of agricultural policy and management experience in the state, federal and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to joining CalEPA, Dolcini served as President and CEO of the Pollinator Partnership, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators through conservation, education, and research. From 2009 to 2017, he served in state and national leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, first as the State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California and then as the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency in Washington, D.C. where he oversaw a variety of national initiatives designed to support farmers and ranchers in all 50 states, including natural disaster response, conservation assistance, expanded credit programs, on-farm financial support, and numerous programs designed to support new farmers, returning veterans, women farmers, and other traditionally underserved farmers.

Earlier in his career, Dolcini served in senior staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Legislature, and in the California Governorís Office. He has also worked for Fortune 500 companies helping to develop successful policy and business strategies in the state and local government marketplace.

Dolcini earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at San Francisco State University in 1985 and a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1993.

Jesse Cuevas
Chief Deputy Director

Jesse Cuevas, Chief Deputy Director

Jesse Cuevas was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation on October 14, 2019. He has served as the Assistant Director for the Departmentís Pesticide Programs Division since 2017, and prior to that was appointed as Director of Legislation and Policy by Governor Jerry Brown on October 1, 2015.

Prior to joining DPR, Mr. Cuevas was the legislative director in the Office of California State Assembly for member Henry T. Perea since 2010. As legislative director in the state capitol, he passed multiple environmental bills dealing with production agriculture, the environment, and rural communities.

A native Californian, Mr. Cuevas grew up in Nicolaus, a small agricultural town in Northern California. Jesse graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies.