James D. “Jamie” Johansson was elected president of the California Farm Bureau in December 2017 and was re-elected in 2019 and again in 2021. Johansson previously served as first vice president for two years. He became a statewide officer in 2009, when he was elected second vice president.
In 2021, he was elected to the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.
Johansson is a former chairman of the California Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee and former vice president of the Butte County Farm Bureau. His service in Farm Bureau has included membership on a half-dozen other statewide advisory and policy recommendation committees.
He grows olives and citrus fruit in Oroville and operates an olive oil company, Lodestar Farms. He is a co-founder of the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Association and a former board member of the California Olive Oil Council.
Johansson served four years on the Oroville City Council, which selected him to serve as vice mayor. His community involvement also includes service on the Oroville Chamber of Commerce board. He received the Business Advocate of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce and his farm was named Butte County Specialty Farm of the Year by the Economic Planning Corp.
Johansson attended the University of Alabama and Colorado State University, where he studied political science.
1st Vice President
Shannon Douglass was elected first vice president of the California Farm Bureau Federation in December 2017 and was re-elected in 2019 and again in 2021.
Douglass is a director of the Glenn County Farm Bureau and a former chair of the CFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee. She is a graduate of the Leadership Farm Bureau program and participated in the American Farm Bureau Federation Partners in Advocacy Leadership program. She won the California YF&R Discussion Meet in 2007 and also graduated from the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
She is an owner of Douglass Ranch, which raises beef cattle, sunflowers, pumpkins, corn and forage crops, and founded CalAgJobs, an online listing of employment opportunities in California agriculture.
Douglass serves on the Glenn County Fair Board of Directors and the advisory board for the Hamilton City FFA chapter and chair of the Orland High School Career Technical Education committee. She is a former director of the Glenn County Resource Conservation District.
Her previous experience includes serving as a consultant on talent recruitment, social media and communications for agricultural clients; lecturing on agricultural topics at both Butte College and California State University, Chico; developing a career-awareness program for the California Association of Pest Control Advisers; and serving as outreach and retention coordinator for the CSU Chico College of Agriculture.
Douglass earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree focused on agricultural policy, each from CSU Chico.
2nd Vice President
Shaun Crook was elected second vice president of the California Farm Bureau Federation in December 2017 and was re-elected in 2019 and again in 2021.
Crook was elected president of the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau in 2015 and is a graduate of the Leadership Farm Bureau program. He chaired both the CFBF Economy and Farm Policy Issue Advisory Committee and the Commodity Policy Review Committee. He has also served on the CFBF Resolutions Committee.
A licensed timber operator, Crook is a vice president of a family timber business and a real estate agent specializing in ranch, commercial and residential properties. He is a member of TuCare, the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment.
Crook earned a degree in agricultural business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Jim Houston became administrator of California Farm Bureau Federation in April 2019.
Houston joined CFBF in October 2017 as manager of its Governmental Affairs Division. In January 2018, he assumed additional duties managing the CFBF Legal Services Division and serving as the organization’s administrative counsel.
Earlier, Houston served at the California Department of Food and Agriculture as deputy secretary for legislation and public engagement, then as department undersecretary. His career also includes work as a legislative staff member and for a Sacramento advocacy firm that represented agricultural clients.
Houston is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned a law degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
Mark Dawson, CPA
Secretary / Treasurer
Mark Dawson became treasurer of the California Farm Bureau Federation in April 2013 and was appointed secretary in August 2013. He oversees the organization’s financial operations and manages the CFBF Administrative Division, which includes the Financial Services, Information Technology and Human Resources departments.
Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Dawson worked in a variety of industries including banking, high-tech, manufacturing, insurance and public accounting. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Brigham Young University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting.