ALRB Executive Biographies

Chair - Genevieve Shiroma

Genevieve Shiroma Bio PictureGenevieve Shiroma was appointed to the Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., in February 2011, reappointed by Governor Brown in January 2016, and designated as Chair in January 2017. She previously served as Chair from July 2011 to March 2014. In March 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reappointed Ms. Shiroma to the Board as a member. In May of 1999, Governor Gray Davis appointed Ms. Shiroma as a member and designated her to Chair the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Prior to her appointment to the ALRB, Ms. Shiroma served as Chief of the Air Quality Measures Branch at the California Air Resources Board, responsible for air quality regulations related to consumer products and toxic air contaminants.

She was at the Air Resources Board since 1978, where she worked on regulations and programs affecting landfills, hazardous waste, pesticides, air toxic hot spot sources, fee regulations, and requirements for the federally required State Implementation Plan to achieve the ambient air quality standards.

Ms. Shiroma earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University Of California at Davis in 1978.

Genevieve Shiroma was born and raised a farm worker daughter in the Acampo-Lodi area of San Joaquin County, California. She is married to Michael Abbott and has one stepson.

Ms. Shiroma’s term expires January 1, 2021. (Pursuant to Labor Code § 1141(b).)

Board Member - Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez

Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez Bio PictureCathryn Rivera-Hernandez was reappointed to the Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in February 2018 and January 2013. Ms. Rivera-Hernandez was initially appointed by Governor Gray Davis in November 2002 and she was reappointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2008. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Rivera-Hernandez served as Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Davis.

Serving in the Office of the Governor since 1999, Ms. Rivera-Hernandez was responsible for overseeing Administration policy, budget and legislative initiatives within the Health and Human Services Agency, Youth and Adult Correctional Authority, Office of Emergency Services and the Office of Criminal Justice and Planning. In January 1999, Ms. Rivera-Hernandez chaired a task force that established eighteen Disaster Service Centers across the Central Valley to respond to the citrus freeze that devastated the agricultural community causing over $700 million in damage. As a Special Legal Counsel, Ms. Rivera-Hernandez also worked with the Office of Legal Affairs on significant legal matters arising with the agencies.

Ms. Rivera-Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Rivera-Hernandez was the Editor in Chief of the La Raza Law Journal.

Ms. Rivera-Hernandez’ term expires January 1, 2023. (Pursuant to Labor Code § 1141(b).)

Board Member - Isadore Hall III, Ph.D.

Isadore Hall III Bio PictureIsadore Hall III, Ph.D., was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to serve as a member in January 2017. During 2014-16, Mr. Hall served as a State Senator from the 35th District. During 2008-14, Mr. Hall served as an assemblyman from the 64th District. From 2003-08, Mr. Hall served as a member of the Compton City Council and from 2001-03 he served as a member of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Mr. Hall’s term expires January 1, 2020. (Pursuant to Labor Code § 1141(b).)

Executive Secretary - Santiago Avila-Gomez

Santiago Avila-Gomez Bio PictureEffective August 1, 2017, the Board appointed Santiago Avila-Gomez as the new Executive Secretary for the Board. For over ten years, Mr. Avila-Gomez worked at the California Rural Legal Assistance (“CRLA”) Foundation, a statewide non-profit legal aid organization. While at the CRLA Foundation Mr. Avila-Gomez provided free legal counseling to low-income immigrant and migrant clients on immigration law remedies including naturalization, family petitions to regularize immigration status, U-Visas; and family court petitions for custody and support and probate court petitions for guardianship incident to filings for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a Deputy Legislative Counsel at the State of California Office of the Legislative Counsel. Mr. Avila-Gomez received his B.A. from San Jose State University in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) in 2002.

General Counsel - Julia L. Montgomery

Julia Montgomery Bio PictureJulia L. Montgomery was appointed March 4, 2016, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as General Counsel of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Montgomery worked at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing as Assistant Chief Counsel in 2015 and early 2016, and Senior Staff Counsel in 2013-2015. She was a managing attorney at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. from 2002 to 2013. Ms. Montgomery taught a course titled “Farmworkers and the Law” as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2006 and 2007. Ms. Montgomery was a directing attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. in 2001-2002 and a staff attorney from 1996 through 2000. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Davis, School of Law.