The California Association of Winegrape Growers has hired Brenda Coleman as its new director of government relations.

"Brenda is well regarded in Sacramento and known for her leadership on climate change, energy and environmental legislation and regulatory issues," said John Aguirre, CAWG president.

Coleman joins CAWG after working nearly three years as a policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce, where she led advocacy efforts on behalf of the association's more than 13,000 member businesses. Before working with the chamber, Coleman worked as a legislative consultant with a boutique lobbying firm and as legislative director of the California Restaurant Association.

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