John Migliazzo, an attorney for the Michael J.F. Smith law office, started his one-year term on July 1 as the new president of the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State.
Migliazzo, of Fresno, previously served as vice president for Ag One — a development organization for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology — and has also served as treasurer and secretary on the board of directors.
An associate at the law firm since 2010, he received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications with an emphasis in public relations (cum laude) from Fresno State in 2007 and was a student senator. He attended San Joaquin College of Law and received his law degree in 2010.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Atwater, Migliazzo is also a member of Fresno County Young Farmers and Ranchers, the Merced Italo-American Lodge, the Fresno County Bar Association and the State Bar of California.
“I have been a proud member of the Jordan College family since I walked on campus as a student in the fall of 2003,” Migliazzo said. “I benefitted immediately from the efforts of the Ag One Foundation, receiving a scholarship in my first full year. As a board member, I have an even deeper appreciation for the behind-the-scenes work of faculty, staff, supporters and volunteers. Their commitment to raising support for students and programs is immeasurable and exemplary.”
Migliazzo replaced Selma’s Debbie Raven, CEO and president of Valley Small Business Development Corporation, who ended her one-year term as president on June 30.
Don Parreira, co-owner of Ultra Gro Plant Food in Madera, was elected vice president. Parreira graduated from Fresno State in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Ken Ramos, Wells Fargo’s president for Central California business banking, was elected treasurer. He graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business management.
Bill Purewal joins the executive committee as secretary. He is the owner of PureFresh Sales, a produce marketing company that handles a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables domestically and internationally. The Selma native graduated from Fresno State in 1998 with an agricultural business degree.
Other new board members include John O’Rourke of RJO Produce (Fresno State, 1993); Jim Razor of J.G. Boswell Co. (Fresno State, 1990); Kristi Robinson (Cal Poly, 1999); Steve Spate, Raisin Bargaining Association (Reedley College, 1980); and Annie Stuhr, Fresno Madera Farm Credit (Fresno State, 2004).
A complete list of the board is available at Ag One Foundation.
Since 1979, the Ag One Foundation has raised more than $17 million in endowed funds to benefit, promote and support the Jordan College, with more than 3,500 students receiving more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants.
For more information on the Ag One Foundation, upcoming events or to become a member, visit www.agonefoundation.org or call 559.278.4266.