CSWA Staff and Consultants


Allison Lengauer Jordan

is Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Wine Institute, where she is responsible for oversight of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Jordan represents Wine Institute on the National Grape & Wine Initiative board of directors and the California Environmental Dialogue Plenary. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at SureHarvest and Vice President and Acting Executive Director of Resource Renewal Institute. Jordan holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a Psychology B.A. from Allegheny College, and is a fellow in the German Marshall Fund's American Marshall Memorial Fellowship program. Jordan and her husband are founding partners of Giordano Bros., a San Francisco restaurant group. She serves on the board of trustees at her children’s school, Montessori de Terra Linda.

Lisa Francioni

is Program Director for CSWA and has worked on the Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) since 2005. Lisa helps manage the SWP and the third-party certification program, CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE. Previously, Lisa was a project coordinator and communications manager at Sustainable Monterey Bay and worked for environmental and planning consulting firms in England. Lisa received a Master's of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, and completed her Master's paper on the role of sustainability programs in communicating and enhancing the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in California winegrapes, almonds, pears and citrus. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz.

Jodi Wilson

is the CSWA Certification Manager and has worked on the Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) since 2011. Jodi assists with implementing the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and oversees the third-party certification program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE). Jodi brings to the position several years of grants and project management and an educational background in environmental science, planning and sustainable agriculture. Jodi holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from CSU Sonoma.

Kate Venugopal

is Communications Manager for CSWA and assists with the advancement of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) and certification program, CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE. Kate began with Wine Institute and CSWA in 2012, and combines both her educational background in sustainable agriculture and her experience working on agricultural and environmental policy in Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Horticulture and a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. 


Franklin Dlott

is an Account Manager at SureHarvest and has over 5 years of experience providing consulting support to the statewide Sustainable Winegrowing Program, including managing the SWP assessment database and data entry process as well as providing analysis and reports to CSWA and SWP participants. He has a Master's degree in Plant Science and is experienced in extension, technology transfer and on-farm research. He spent 10 years working as the University of California Cooperative Extension Entomology Farm Advisor in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

Dr. Jeff Dlott

Co-founder and Principal of SureHarvest, a consulting firm that provides strategic and technical consulting services on the sustainability of managed and natural ecosystems - is a chief consultant on the SWP program. Jeff received his Ph.D. in entomology at UC Berkeley. He has extensive experience working with public-private partnerships to increase the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices throughout the US with private companies, NGOs, private foundations, and state and federal government agencies. Jeff also brings special expertise in data management systems, to help measure the progress and results of the project.

John Garn

is a resource consultant and Co-founder of ViewCraft. His has worked with private, non-profit and governmental entities such as the US EPA, Cal/EPA, the Association of Bay Area Governments, Wine Institute, California Association of Winegrape Growers, the Sonoma Green Business Program, and several other organizations. He has worked in many capacities on the statewide Sustainable Winegrowing Program - as a writer, strategic planner, facilitator, and expert on energy efficiency - since its early stages of the program.

In-Kind Staff

Nancy Light

Wine Institute's Director of Communications is responsible for guiding the organization's media relations, member communications and issues management agenda, including the Sustainable Winegrowing Program. Light rejoined Wine Institute in 2004 after a seven year hiatus, during which time she had her own consultancy serving clients including Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, MKF and Talisman Wines and was Vice President of Public Relations for Robert Mondavi from 1996-2003. Light holds a Marketing B.A. from SUNY at Fashion Institute of Technology.

John Aguirre

As President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), Aguirre leads the association in serving as an advocate for California’s winegrape growers and oversees the association’s membership, legislative, regulatory and marketing activities. Prior to joining CAWG, Aguirre served for 11 years as the Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) and has spent his professional career in the field of public policy and government affairs. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he spent five years in Congress working for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and later for the House Committee on Agriculture. In 1991, Aguirre left Capitol Hill for a career as a Washington, DC lobbyist. He served as Director of Government Relations for the National Food Processors Association and then moved on to be Vice President of Government Affairs for the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association. In 1999, Aguirre moved to Oregon to take on OAN’s top staff position.