City of Vernon California

Members' Bios

The City of Vernon Green Vernon Commission (GVC), formerly the Sustainable Development and Energy Efficiency Commission (SDEEC), regularly meets quarterly in March, June, September, and December on the third Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber located at Vernon City Hall.

Staff Contact Information:

Keith Allen, Director
Vernon City Hall
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058
Phone: (323) 583-8811
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COMMISSIONER BIOS

Hector Garcia, Chair

Hector Garcia is currently employed by Farmer John as their environmental engineer since 2008.

Michael Gavina, Vice Chair

Michael Gaviña is DF Roasters, LP, Chief Financial Officer since 2015. In addition, he is the Purchasing Director at F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.. He is responsible for overseeing the pricing of raw materials and managing inventory levels. He comes from a long line of coffee producers and roasters; growing up Michael always knew he wanted to continue in the family tradition. Representing the fourth generation of Gaviña's coffee roasting legacy, Michael discovered his passion for coffee while spending summers learning about the family business by working alongside his father, Pedro Gaviña. He first joined the FGS 2002 as a buyer in the Purchasing Department.

Since receiving his Q Grader License in 2008 he also works as a resident Q Grader to ensure the excellence of each bag of coffee. He routinely roasts small batches of coffee to help develop new coffee blends.

Michael is the current Vice-Chair of the National Coffee Association. The NCA represents over 90% of the coffee sold in the United States. He is also a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and, the Roasters Guild. He contributes his time to the community in which the Plant is based by serving as a commissioner for both the City of Vernon's CommUNITY Fund and Green Commission. Locally, he serves on the Board of YMCA. Michael is actively involved in promoting sustainability in the coffee industry. Michael also serves his community as a board member of Latino Alumni Association (LAA) of Loyola Marymount University, and serves on the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University since 2015.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.

David Honda, Commissioner

Chairperson David Honda is a Los Angeles developer of interior and exterior architecture, community leader, philanthropist, and rising star in the arena of environmentally and ecologically responsible construction development around the globe.

Jim A. Andreoli, Commissioner

Jim A. Andreoli is the Senior Vice President of Baker Commodities Inc., a rendering company in the City of Vernon.  Baker Commodities specializes in the recycling of animal bi-products, fats, oils and greases, and the pumping and processing of interceptor and trap materials.  He has 27 years' experience with the company, primarily in operations.

Jose Lizarraga, Commissioner

Jose Lizarraga has been employed in the City of Vernon for over 15 years and is currently the Engineering Manager for U.S. Growers Cold Storage, Inc.

Armando Espinoza, Commissioner

Armando S. Espinoza is a Union Representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 (UFCW Local 770).  Mr. Espinoza represents several packinghouse plants in the City of Vernon.

Jaime Villanueva, Commissioner

Jaime Villanueva is a Teamsters Business Representative for 12 years representing working members at King Meat Inc.