California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers



CHRIS ZANOBINI (​ - PRESIDENT CANGC: Chris serves in leadership positions for several agricultural organizations both at the state, national, and international levels. He has a history of building ag coalitions to achieve common goals and to provide for the long-term prosperity of the ag industry. On a personal level Chris is on the Host Committee for the St Vincent De Paul Society Annual Fundraiser, and involved with UC Davis Alumni relations. Chris is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a degree in Plant Science and an emphasis in Agricultural Management. He holds a MBA emphasizing marketing and management from the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management. He also completed post graduate work in education.

ANN QUINN ( - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Ann serves in several leadership positions in various industries including the rice, nursery, and floral industries. She is active in legislative and regulatory issuessuch as labor and transportation. Ann oversees the California Certified Nursery Professional program and is a committee member of the California Farm Bureau’s Horticulture Advisory Committee. Ann also coordinates an annual Animal Nutrition Conference. Ann comes to our Association staff after 16 years of serving as administrative assistant for SeedTec International in Woodland, an oilseed breeding & development company.

ANITA GORE ( - CONTROLLER: Anita Gore is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting functions for all the associations. She assists in preparing annual association project budgets and prepares all financial reports. Anita oversees reporting and financial activities of the associations’ political action committees and is responsible for compliance with pertinent political campaign laws.

NIDA AGNO ( ASSISTANT CONTROLLER: Nida is the Assistant Controller providing support maintaining the memberdatabase for multiple associations, cash receipts, invoicing and miscellaneous office duties including assisting all associations in projects as needed. She is responsible for dues billings and rendering membership reports.Nida joined the association staff in March of 1995.

AIMEE DARVILLE ( - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Aimee oversees member communications, including development and content management of websites and newsletters. She performs member outreach, event support and grant administration. At U.C. San Diego Aimee studied International Studies with an emphasis in Communications and Economics. She brings experience in project management and nonprofit community outreach as well as a passion for gardening, cooking and nutrition.



In conjunction with Chris Zanobini, our team of government relations professionals include:

DENNIS ALBIANI, California Advocates, has over 11 years experience in advocacy and public policy. He was most recently the Deputy Legislative Secretary for Resources, Energy, Food and Agriculture and Cal EPA for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Previously, he served in the Davis administration as the appointed Deputy Secretary at California Department of Food and Agriculture. His legislative experience includes a position as consultant to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources for then state Senator, now Congressman Costa and as Government Affairs Counsel for the Agricultural Council of California. He has extensive business experience in livestock production, real estate and land use. Dennis is a member of the California State Bar and graduated from McGeorge School of Law with distinction. Dennis has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and minor in Water Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was recognized as an outstanding graduate from the College of Agriculture. Dennis was a fellow in the prestigious California Agricultural Leadership Program and a graduate from the Dale Carnegie Institute.

TAD BELL spent eighteen years at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, holding several positions including Senior Biologist, Director of Policy Development and Undersecretary of Agriculture. Since leaving the Department Tad has focused on regulatory issues, and is currently a principal in Velo Consulting in Sacramento. Tad provided key support to the California grain and feed industry during the Karnal Bunt crisis and is extremely familiar with state and federal regulatory affairs.



ANNE ESTRADA ( ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Anne joined the team in 2011 and serves as our Administrative Assistant. In addition to phone reception and clerical responsibilities, she also provides support in the preparation of manuals and distribution of association materials, directories, and publications as well assistance with mailings and meeting preparation.

LORA VELARDO ( OFFICE SUPERVISOR: Since July of 2008 Lora has served as Office Supervisor. In addition to shared phone reception and clerical responsibilities, Lora provides general administrative support in preparing and distributing association outreach materials and is also responsible for the daily publication of a commodity Market Review.