Jodi Devaurs, Trade Policy Director for the California Table Grape Commission (commission), has been appointed to serve as trade advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
Devaurs will serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables. ATAC committee members provide feedback and advice to USDA and USTR on the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new agreements.
“Jodi’s appointment to ATAC is important for the California table grape industry and represents an expansion of its direct involvement in trade matters,” said Kathleen Nave, commission president. “Jodi brings experience and technical expertise to her advisory role and will provide USDA and USTR with important insight into table grape industry needs and the challenges and opportunities represented by trade negotiation.”
Devaurs’ responsibilities at the commission include market access, technical issues, and general trade policy matters. She will serve on the committee until 2024.