John “Jack” Garamendi Jr.

Calaveras County, California


Calaveras County Supervisor John “Jack” Garamendi, Jr. is a fifth-generation resident of Calaveras County, rancher and business leader. He was first elected to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors to represent District 2 in 2016 and was re-elected in 2020.

As county supervisor, Garamendi serves as a member of the Rural Counties Representatives of California (RCRC), which represents 40 California counties. He is the chair of Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA), vice chair of the Calaveras-Amador Water Authority, member of the Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA), National Home Buyers Fund, Upper Mokelumne River Authority, and numerous other county support programs.

Prior to being elected county supervisor, Garamendi spent nearly two decades working for the University of California where he served as the founding vice chancellor of university relations at UC Merced. He was part of the leadership team that opened the first new University of California campus in 40 years and the first University of California campus located in California’s rural Central Valley. He now sits on the UC Merced board of trustees.

An Eagle Scout, former U.S. Army Reserve Officer and Peace Corps volunteer, Garamendi has had a life-long commitment to community service, serving on numerous boards and community organizations including the Calaveras Chamber of Commerce, Calaveras County Fish and Game Commission, Calaveras/ Delta College Advisory Group, California State Fair Agriculture Advisory Committee, North Delta Conservancy, Yolo Basin Foundation, Fulbright Association, Boys and Girls Club, and vice chairman of the American Leadership Forum’s Great Valley Center.

He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, was a Fulbright Scholar in Montevideo, Uruguay, and earned his MBA from California State University, Hayward. He has founded several successful companies in the fields of agricultural, energy, and communications and manages his family cattle operations. Married to his wife, Colleen, for 28 years, Garamendi is the proud father of two adult sons and makes his home on his family cattle ranch in Paloma, California.

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