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New leaders join the National Mango Board

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of six members to serve on the National Mango Board. The appointees include five new members and one returning member. Appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2024, with the exception of one importer appointee from District III, whose term will begin immediately and will end Dec. 31, 2022.

The newly appointed board members include:

  • Clark Golden – importer District I (re-appointed)
  • Albert Perez – importer District I
  • Daniel Ibarra – importer District III (one-year term)
  • Umi Martin – domestic producer
  • Guillermo R. Lozano Aguila – foreign producer
  • Luis Carlos Martinez – foreign producer

The NMB members who are completing their term on the board are Rodrigo Diaz, Daniel Lyons, Michael Warren and Jacquie Swett.

“On behalf of the NMB members and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome these newly-appointed board members,” said Manuel Michel, executive director of the NMB. “We look forward to the contributions they will make to continuing our work to guide research and promotions programs to increase mango demand. I also want to extend a thank you to our members completing their terms for their years of service and commitment to the NMB. They were great representatives for the mango industry as we navigated an ever-changing landscape.”

The National Mango Board currently has 18 members, including eight importers, two domestic producers, one first handler and seven foreign producers. Board members are nominated by their industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. 

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