Natalie Wymer, a resident of St. Helena, has been hired as vice president of communications for the Wine Institute, a public policy group of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated companies.
She is assuming the role of Nancy Light, who is expected to retire from the San Francisco-based organization in mid-May after 24 years there, according to the announcement.
Wymer most recently served as vice president of communications at SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR), a Silicon Valley-based solar energy, storage and services company.
Previously, she worked in the Clinton administration, most notably as communications director for the White House Climate Change Task Force at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Kyoto, Japan. She was also a communications advisor to US Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, deputy chief of staff to US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and press secretary for the Denver summit of the G-8 annual meeting.
She began her career working in the Ohio government, including for the Governor, Attorney General, and the Department of Economic Development.
“With her extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, Natalie knows how to communicate and educate different audiences on a wide variety of topics,” said Robert P. “Bobby” Koch, president and CEO of the institute. “His strategic and holistic approach to communications, particularly on relevant political issues, will be a great asset to our members and the community. “