Val Dolcini, Deputy Secretary for Agriculture

BiographyVal Dolcini, CalEPA Deputy Secretary for Agriculture

A fifth generation Californian, Val Dolcini was appointed Deputy Secretary for Agriculture by Governor Gavin Newsom in March 2019.  Prior to his appointment at CalEPA, he lived and worked in Washington D.C.

For the last two years, Val served as President and CEO of the Pollinator Partnership, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators through conservation, education, and research.  From 2009-2017, he served in state and national leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, first as the State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California and then as the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency in Washington, D.C.  He oversaw a variety of national initiatives designed to support farmers and ranchers in all 50 states including natural disaster response, conservation assistance, expanded credit programs, on-farm financial support, and numerous programs designed to support new farmers, returning veterans, women farmers, and other traditionally underserved farmers. 

Earlier in his career, Val served in senior staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Legislature, and in the California Governor’s Office. He has also worked for Fortune 500 companies helping to develop successful policy and business strategies in the state and local government marketplace.      

Val earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at San Francisco State University in 1985. In 1993, he earned a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law.