Pam Poggi Appointed Chair of California Grocers Association Educational Foundation

SACRAMENTO, CA – (July 1, 2010) – Pam Poggi, Vice President, Corporate Human Resources Development for Safeway Inc., has been named Chair of the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.

In this capacity, Ms. Poggi will direct the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, comprised of grocery retailers and suppliers from throughout California.

“Pam Poggi is an excellent appointee for this important position,” said CGAEF President Ronald Fong. “Her knowledge, leadership abilities and vision will help the Foundation reach the next level. I look forward to working with her.”

For more than 25 years, Ms. Poggi has built a strong career in the human resources field. She began her career as a Personnel Officer for what is now Bank of America. In 1995, she transitioned to Safeway and was promoted to her current position in 2004.

Ms. Poggi is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Food Industry Management Executive Program. Under her leadership, her department was awarded the Food Marketing Institute’s Maximizing People Award for Safeway’s Retail Management Training.

“I am honored to be elected to this key role and look forward to serving the association and its members in this leadership capacity,” she said.

The Foundation’s objectives include:

  • Conducting industry research and sharing information
  • Promoting and encouraging educational and employment opportunities
  • Developing training and educational methods and materials
  • Promoting and encouraging community service programs

“In order to achieve our objectives, my vision includes a strong partnership with CGA’s Board of Directors to ensure that we align our strategic direction regarding the programs and services we offer to our members,” Ms. Poggi said.

“Our offerings will be strengthened by building solid relationships with the Food Marketing Institute, the National Grocers Association, and the Western Association of Food Chains as well as collaborating with other educational foundations to learn and incorporate best practices,” she added.

Formed in 1992 as a 501(c)3 corporation, the CGA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and research programs that benefit all segments of California’s food industry.