The Kern County Farm Bureau has chosen a former staff member to Rep. David Valadao to take over as executive director starting Sept. 4.
Highland High graduate Ariana Joven worked three years for Valadao, R-Hanford, including managing his Bakersfield district office, before taking a position with state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin. She has been active in youth ag organizations 4-H and FFA.
Her experience with federal and state policy matters will likely help the bureau as it wrestles with federal immigration and trade disputes, as well as state water regulatory issues.
"We are thrilled for this new chapter for Kern County Farm Bureau and welcome Ariana Joven with sincere gratitude for the work she will be doing on behalf of our board and membership," the organization announced in a front-page story of its official publication, The Farm News.
Joven will replace Beatris Espericueta Sanders, a former finance professional in New York City before joining the bureau in 2014. She recently accepted a position as foundation president for Adventist Health Bakersfield and Tehachapi Valley.
Joven earned a degree in agriculture communication at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has been active in the local chapter of California Women for Agriculture, and volunteered at farm bureau events such as Bounty of Kern County, Farm Day in the City and Golf Classic.
Joven did not respond to requests for comment.