Western United Dairymen Hires New Chief Executive Officer

June 11, 2015, Modesto, Calif. – – After a thorough recruitment process, the leadership of Western United Dairymen (WUD) has selected Anja Raudabaugh as the organization’s new CEO. Raudabaugh will officially begin her role in late July.

“We are pleased to welcome Anja to the Western United family,” said Frank Mendonsa, WUD President. “The quality of the final candidates speaks volumes to both the reputation of our organization and ultimately, Anja as our excellent hire. I look forward to the fresh perspective, valuable experience and superior personal characteristics she will offer our membership as the new CEO.”

Raudabaugh comes to WUD from the Madera County Farm Bureau where she has served as the Executive Director since 2011. Prior to her role at the Farm Bureau, she worked as a Project Manager for a Fortune 500 Company, and as the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Doug Ose, representing California’s 3rd District in Washington D.C. Previously the Marketing Director for the California Asparagus Commission and District Representative for State Senator Dick Monteith; her extensive experience in the political environment will add tremendous value to the organization. Raudabaugh’s time in Sacramento working as a project manager and technical adviser handling CEQA and NEPA requirements as they applied to state and federal agencies, has lent her a skill set adept with navigating complex issues. A graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Raudabaugh earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Science Degree in Biochemistry from UC Davis, with an emphasis in global pandemics and infectious diseases.

“I am honored and extremely humbled to be accepted into the role of CEO with Western United Dairymen. It will be my privilege to grow the organization and expand our members global opportunities; along with maintaining our vision and way of life,” said Raudabaugh.

WUD is a voluntary membership organization representing the majority of the milk produced in California. Membership benefits include resources in labor law, environmental regulations and pricing issues. Members decide the direction of state and federal legislative efforts affecting the dairy industry.