Description of Funds



Alumni Fellowship

Created with monies raised by the ALA (formerly Ag Leadership Alumni).


Dean Brown Fellowship

As part of a fundraising campaign in 1995, the Dean Brown Fellowship fund was established to honor Dean Brown, one of the founders of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. This fund was established as one of the ways donors could support the “5 by 95” fundraising campaign, a goal of raising $5 million for the endowment by the end of 1995.


John & Betsy Grether Fellowship

Established in 2013, John (9) and Betsy created the fellowship fund to support the success and impact the foundation has in growing leaders who make a difference to not only their communities, but for all of California agriculture and beyond.


Jim & Betsy Hansen Family Fellowship Fund

Created by Jim (2) and Betsy in 2013 to further the mission of Ag Leadership.


Lagomarsino Family Fellowship

Established to honor the longstanding Lagomarsino family farming operation, established in 1889.


John & Sheila Lake Fellowship Fund

Established by John and Sheila when John served as the foundation board chairman. 


Manassero Fellowship

Established by Bob Gray, Laura Mills (29), Vic Lanini and Mary Zische to honor Jim Manassero (1), a Salinas Valley industry leader. An annual luncheon is held in Monterey County in his honor.


Thomas Mulholland Fellowship Fund

Established in 2012, Tom (18) established the fund to honor his experience in the program and to further the endowment for future generations of agricultural leaders.


John & Eda Muller Fellowship Fund

Close friends of John Muller (8) – including George Soares (4) and Mark Borba (9) – established this fund to honor the Muller family. The fund was established as a remembrance of the experiences and friendships created by John, who credits the program for inspiring him to get into public service.


Paul & Yvonne (Natsuhara) Murai Fellowship Fund

Established to mark the experiences Paul (22) and Yvonne (30) had in the program.


Patricio Family Fellowship

Established to mark Stephen Patricio’s (19) experience in the Ag Leadership Program and service to the board of directors.


Richard Pidduck Fellowship

Established by the foundation board of directors in recognition of Richard’s (21) service as chairman and his role in establishing the endowment. 


Gene Rapp Fellowship Fund

Established to honor past CALF CEO and Director of Education Gene Rapp (Honorary Fellow). 


Women in Leadership Fellowship

Description to be added.


Mike & Jakki Sencer Fellowship

After participating in the final selection committee in 2021, Mike (28) and Jakki saw the incredible opportunity the foundation provided to developing leaders for the future of California agriculture.




Bob Gray Endowment

Established by Loren Booth (27) to honor the work and impact made by former CALF President and CEO Bob Gray. 


Borba Family Endowment

Established by Tina Borba in recognition of the Ag Leadership Program’s excellence; her youngest son, Mark (9), had the good fortune to participate in the program. 


Class 12 Endowment

Established by the class to have a shared fund to give in memory of classmates who have passed away. 


Class 17 Endowment

Established in memory of Tom Bennet and his wife, Linda, who perished in a plane crash on their way home from the 25th Ag Leadership celebration.


Class 23 Endowment

Established by Class 23 to honor the class and to benefit the financial stability of the program.


Class 25 Endowment

Established to support the 2014 matching campaign and to create an opportunity for their classmates to raise funds to commemorate Class 25’s Ag Leadership experience.


Class 30 Endowment

Established to remember their life-changing journey experienced during their fellowship and reinforce the importance of giving back to the foundation.


Class 33 Endowment

Established to memorialize class members Bhupinder “Sonny” Kalkat and Paul Davy. 


Class 41 Endowment

Established to donate the funds remaining from their class project. 


Class 43 Endowment

Established to donate the funds remaining from their class project. 


Jess Rhody Class 45 Endowment

Established by the members of Class 45 in memory of Jess Rhody, the son of their classmate Rick, who passed away in 2020. 


Class 47 Endowment

Established to donate the funds remaining from their class project. 




Tim O’Neill/Class 10 Memorial Endowment

Established by members of Class 10 in memory of Tim O’Neill and fellow classmates.


Michelle Turner Memorial Endowment

Established by Michelle Turner’s (12) family in her memory.


Dr. George Johannessen Memorial Endowment

Dr. George Johannesen was the director of the California Tomato Research Institute and assisted the foundation in the early days. He went on to serve as a board member, as well as mentor to fellows. George knew the program was needed and he was deeply devoted to the curriculum and empowering younger generations. 


Remo L. Matteucci Memorial Endowment

In memory of Remo Matteucci.


Dean & Charles Buchinger Memorial Endowment

Established by Dean (3) and Judi Buchinger after the loss of their son, Chuck, in 1988. Dean wanted a remembrance of Chuck that would keep his memory alive while helping others. When Dean passed away in 2017, Judi and daughter, Karen, added his name to the fund as a remembrance of him and how the program impacted his life. 


Richard R. Smith Memorial Endowment

Established in 2015 to honor the memory of Rich Smith (7).


David C. Martella Memorial Endowment

Established in memory of David Martella (2), a dedicated alumnus who was instrumental in organizing and sustaining the California Exchange and D.C. Exchange programs.


J.G. Boswell II Legacy Fund

Established to honor the memory of J.G. and his lifelong commitment of giving back to his community and to agriculture.


Dean Brown Growth & Innovation Fund

Dean Brown, one of the foundation’s founders, strongly believed that leadership development would ensure a prosperous future for agriculture in California. He also believed a foundation dedicated to providing leadership training to farmers and ranchers would enable this prosperity for generations to come, which is why he dedicated a portion of his estate to the foundation’s creation. Dean’s family attests that he would be incredibly proud to see what CALF has become today.


Franklin Otis Booth Legacy Fund

Otis Booth was so moved and impressed by the experience his daughter, Loren Booth (27), had in the program that he dedicated a portion of his personal foundation to further Ag Leadership’s endowment. 


Stewart & Lynda Resnick Wonderful Legacy Fund

Stewart and Lynda Resnick, owners of The Wonderful Company, committed a $2.5 million pledge in 2018 after learning about the foundation and its programing, and recognizing its alignment with the values and goals for their private foundation.