Peach and plum farmer, Karri Hammerstrom is the immediate past State President for California Women for Agriculture (CWA) which is the largest, most active, volunteer, nonpartisan, grassroots, agriculture support organization in California actively promoting the importance of a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry in California, as well as the need to ensure an affordable, reliable and domestic food supply. Karri is also Reedley College’s Agriculture Projects Coordinator for their U.S. Department of Labor grant funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training program which is part of a collaborative effort of 11 CA community colleges to prepare students to be career-ready employees in the areas of agriculture & manufacturing, alternative fuels/renewable energy, and health. In addition, she teaches classes at Reedley College on career preparation and leadership in agriculture.
Karri has an extensive, professional career history in both the public and private sectors involving agricultural policy, land use planning, environmental regulations, renewable energy, grant writing and management, legislative analysis and advocacy, and local government in the Central San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, and the Central Coast.
She is current member of Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development Community Council and Cal Poly-SLO’s Agricultural and Education and Communication Department Advisory Council. In 2008-2010, she served as an inaugural appointee to the U.S. EPA’s inaugural Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee created to provide EPA with solutions that benefit agriculture, the environment, and the economy. She also recently served two terms on the Fresno State Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors and still participates with the Ambassadors for Higher Education. She is the past California Farm Bureau Federation Energy Committee Chair and a past chair of the Fresno County Planning Commission. She also serves on the Lincoln Advisory Site Council of her son’s school; participates in her daughter’s FFA/Ag Boosters Club and HS Softball Boosters Club; and is a published writer.
Karri has a Master’s of Public Administration from California State University, Fresno with Honors, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in City and Regional Planning with a Minor in Agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She lives in CA’s Central San Joaquin Valley with her college sweetheart and husband of almost 19 years, Bill, a produce broker and farmer; and their daughter and son.