Jacquie Slobom Elected Foundation Chair

Jacquie Slobom, Senior Director of Store Operations, Gelson’s Markets, was recently elected Chair of the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation (CGAEF) Board of Directors, succeeding Brad Askeland, North State Grocery, Inc., who had served as Chair for three years.

In addition, Mark Johnson, UNFI/SUPERVALU, was re-elected Vice Chair; Christy Duncan-Anderson, The Albertsons Companies Foundation, Treasurer; and Jeremy Cullifer, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Secretary.

“Jacquie’s leadership will be a tremendous asset to the Foundation to guide and ensure the continued growth of our vibrant industry through education and training. We look forward to the future under Jacquie’s guidance.”

CGAEF President Ron Fong.

Slobom began her career with Gelson’s Markets more than 30 years ago and worked up the store ranks in a variety of positions to her present role of senior director of store operations.

In this capacity, Slobom is responsible for the overall four-wall operations for several Gelson’s locations. She also spearheads multiple charitable giving causes for the company. She initiated and developed programs with local food banks and supports numerous organizations.

“I am honored to serve as the Chair of the CGAEF Board of Trustees,” said Slobom. “CGAEF is transforming lives in the grocery industry. I believe in CGAEF, I believe in its mission, and I look forward to helping the team achieve sustainable success for years to come.”

The CGA Educational Foundation was created in 1991 to assist CGA member companies by encouraging them to identify qualified employees, educate them in preparation for advancement and offer them the means to sharpen their skills in order to grow.

 “CGAEF is an organization near and dear to my heart,” Slobom said. “Since the beginning, the Foundation has worked to improve the industry by empowering people to learn and grow. I look forward to working with fellow trustee members, the staff and CGA membership to help shape the Foundation’s future to positively impact the grocery industry.”