Kirk Wilbur, Director of Government Affairs

As Director of Government Affairs, Kirk works primarily on regulatory issues impacting California’s ranchers, especially those pertaining to private property rights and environmental issues such as water quality, water rights and endangered species. As CCA’s point-person on federal lands grazing issues, Kirk acts as the staff person overseeing CCA’s affiliate the California Public Lands Council (CalPLC). Kirk also acts as CCA’s liaison on litigation matters, working closely with CCA’s partners at the Pacific Legal Foundation and Western Resources Legal Center.

Kirk was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, two generations removed from Idaho’s “famous potato” industry. He graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and obtained his juris doctorate in 2012 from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where he graduated with distinction. While Kirk doesn’t have a ranching background, he has learned much about the ranching community in his more-than-five-years at CCA, and enjoys putting his legal background to good use navigating California’s complex legal and regulatory environment for the benefit of the state’s livestock producers.

Kirk Wilbur can be reached at (916) 444-0845 or by e-mail at