As CEO, John Krist is responsible for managing the nonprofit organization’s staff, daily operations and finances. He recommends policy to the organization’s Board of Directors, implements board directives, and represents the interests of the membership at legislative and regulatory hearings.
He also serves as the organization’s liaison with the news media, as well as with numerous community organizations and groups.
Before joining the Farm Bureau in 2008, Krist worked as a reporter, editor and Opinion-page columnist at the Ventura County Star for more than 24 years.
The winner of numerous writing awards and journalism fellowships, he is the author of three books about California’s parks and wilderness areas, as well as Voyage of Rediscovery, based on his experiences retracing the Lewis and Clark trail, and Living Legacy: The Story of Ventura County Agriculture. He also has contributed to books on urban renewal and wildfire policy.