About Us

The California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) is a non-profit public research management corporation governed by a Board of Directors. The representatives of the Board of Directors are drawn from key producer and processor organizations. The Board represents multiple perspectives within the dairy industry.

CDRF manages many successful and unique programs, such as the world-class producers’ education program “California Dairy Quality Assurance,” the collaborative pre-competitive interactive “International Milk Genomics Consortium” and various “Industry Outreach” programs, including short courses and symposia that provide short- and long-term technical training and information technology transfer to all relevant parties.

We will continue to invest in these programs with fresh outlook and focus. Our programs will evolve with changing times. We will be proactive in our approaches and always be accountable to our hard-working dairy men and women.

Vision

CDRF’s vision is to enable a sustainable California dairy industry.

Mission

CDRF’s mission is to support the long-term health and sustainability of California’s dairy industry through targeted research, science-based education programs, and strategic partnerships.

Strategic Objective

CDRF’s objective is to promote and protect the safe and sustainable production and consumption of milk and dairy products based on their benefits, throughout the entire value chain.

CDRF’s strategic plan focuses on research and science-based education programs in five core areas:

Board of Directors

Rich Wagner

Josh Zonneveld

Chairman
California Dairy Farmer

Jared Fernandes

Jared Fernandes

Vice Chairman
California Dairy Farmer

Chuck Ahlem

Chuck Ahlem

Secretary
California Dairy Farmer

Dante Migliazzo

Dante Migliazzo

Treasurer
California Dairy Farmer

Jared Fernandes

John Talbot

CEO, California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB)

Dante Migliazzo

Darrin Monteiro

Vice President, Member and Government Relations, California Dairies, Inc. (CDI)

Michelle Slimko, DrPH, MPH, RD

SVP Nutrition Research, National Dairy Council (NDC)

Sietse “Sean” Tollenaar

California Dairy Farmer

Denise Mullinax

Denise Mullinax

Executive Director

THE ORGANIZATION IS TAX EXEMPT UNDER SECTION 501 (C)(3) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO CDRF ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.