Marilyn Freeman, Owner

Marilyn Freeman Dolan, owner of Farmers Communications Exchange, has worked in the field of agricultural communications and marketing for over 30 years. From 2003 through 2016, Marilyn was a partner in The Communications Department, Inc., a public relations and issues management firm headquartered in Watsonville, CA.  It was in college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo that Marilyn developed a passion for sharing information about farming. Since then, she has worked for some of the oldest and best-known companies in California agriculture including: Diamond Walnut, Sunsweet Growers, Sun-Maid, Blue Anchor, Inc. and the California Tree Fruit Agreement. She is the former executive director of the Alliance for Food and Farming and a past recipient of CAPCA’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture’ Award for her work on a program called Spray Safe. Marilyn currently serves as the public member of the U.S. Potato Board. A native Californian, she lives part-time in Lodi and part-time in Atwater with her 13-year-old daughter Cate.