California Food and Farming Network
Paul Towers – Director

Founder of the California Food and Farming Network, Paul provides overall organizational leadership, including staff management, programmatic strategy, as well as administrative and financial oversight. He was previously the Organizing Director & Policy Advocate for Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and a founder of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative. Paul has also engaged in state policymaking on the behalf of agricultural frontline communities for over a decade.

Beth Spitler – Field Director

Beth co-facilitates the California Food & Farming Network, a multi-sector collaboration centering racial equity in food and farming policy change. She supports grassroots advocates’ participation in state-level policy and builds network capacity to advance racial equity. Before getting a graduate degree in public policy, she worked for a decade as an organic farmer, garden and cooking teacher and farmer outreach coordinator. bspitler[at]

Beth Smoker – Policy Director

Beth weaves together food and farming advocates doing state policy through the California Food & Farming Network. With a masters in Food Systems and Society, Beth has experience across the food system from advocating for farmers in climate and racial equity policy and serving as Board President for a local non-profit focused on food justice. bsmoker[at]

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