Growing up in an agricultural family, AG spent his weekends and summers working the fertile lands of the Central Valley. Yup, he was the kid walking around the ranch when flood irrigation was more of a common practice. Today, he is a recognized local community leader with the ability and mindset to provide innovative, enthusiastic and forward-thinking leadership. AG has served on boards and founding committees, which have established conferences and events including; The Salinas Valley AgTech Summit and Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival. With a background in Business Management and Irrigation/Soil Management, he is consistently staying current with trailblazing ag-tech (agriculture technology) trends. AG is a proud graduate of the AgKnowledge Fellowship Program - Grower-Shipper Association, Leadership Monterey County and Steinbeck Innovation - Kauffman Foundation Group (Western Growers AgTech Center). He enjoys living on the Central Coast accompanied by his lovely wife and two kids. AG has a passion for precision agriculture and both economic/eco sustainable developments affecting farmers and ranchers of today.
Regional Director Watsonville | Salinas
As a Monterey County native, David Mancera has a unique relationship with the local agriculture industry.
David’s first exposure to life in agriculture was at the young age of 8 years old, contributing to his migrant family’s income. With the understanding and hands on experience of field laborer, David pursued a bachelor in Agriculture Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he was fortunate enough to have been exposed to a wide array of valuable experiences and hands-on learning. At that time, David’s focus was marketing, but as he began his career and gained experience, David’s interests shifted to other functional areas. The produce sales experience David gained at FoodSource Inc. allowed him to expand his professional network, ultimately leading him to pursue a Masters in Agriculture and Resource Economics from UC Davis.
The experience and exposure David gained at UC Davis opened many agriculture doors, from his opportunity to work with professors like Roberta Cook, as a research assistant, to his job offer at the California Strawberry Commission, and Driscoll’s (DSA).
More recently, David has spent the last year, volunteering at a school garden, teaching sustainable agriculture at the local community college, and working with small farmers. Work over this last year has been very gratifying for David. Working with Kitchen Table Advisors, as a Farm Business Advisor, will enable David to continue helping small farmers.
Farm Business Advisor Watsonville | Salinas
Deborah was born and raised in Oceanside, Mexicali, Bend, Davis, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Rome, Puerto Vallarta, Monterey and currently in Salinas, California alongside her partner, Jose and 2 lovely daughters. She joined the farm viability team as a Farm Business Advisor with Kitchen Table Advisors in October 2017 and is proud to call Central Coast farmers her colleagues and thought partners in creating an equitable food system. Her 15 plus years in the sustainable farming movement has taken on various roles at the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), the Resource Conservation Districts of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties and California Farmlink. She has an M.A in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a B.S in International Agricultural Development from University of California, Davis.