Hispanic Lifestyle is pleased to recognize Lorena Chavez Chair of Board of Directors California Strawberry Commission as a 2016 Latina of Influence. Ms. Chavez along with her fellow Latinas of Influence are invited to participate in Hispanic Lifestyle’s Latina Conference to be held on April 8, 2016 at the Ontario Airport Hotel, Ontario, CA. The complete listing of Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2016 Latinas of Influence can be found on Hispaniclifestyle.com
Ms. Chavez is controller of L&G Farming, Inc., a family-operated business, working alongside her father and brothers. She and her brother Daniel also own and operate DL Farm Management, Inc. in Santa Maria, where they farm 500 acres of strawberries. A graduate of Santa Barbara Business College, Ms. Chavez has previously served as the commission’s vice chairman and secretary/treasurer, and as chair of the advisory committee for the California strawberry scholarship program, which has awarded more than $2 million to the children of strawberry field workers. She is active in the Santa Maria community, sitting on the boards of the local YMCA and other youth organizations. Previously she spent 12 years on the 37th District Fair Park Board, where she served as president for four years. Ms. Chavez has also volunteered her time to serve the St. Mary’s Finance Council and Santa Maria Girls Softball.
A second-generation Mexican-American strawberry farmer from Santa Maria, Lorena Chavez, 50, was unanimously elected to lead the commission for the next year along with Vice Chairman Tom AmRhein from Watsonville and Secretary/Treasurer Hector Gutierrez from Ventura County.