Third Generation Almond Farmer
Embedded for 4 years with the U.S Army in Afghanistan
Former Mayor of Turlock, California
“Father” of a Rescue Dog Named Dash
Gary Soiseth joined The Gualco Group, Inc. in 2018 as a Senior Advisor to the Firm. Mr. Soiseth has nearly two decades of experience working on local, state, federal, and even international issues, with a specialty in agriculture, energy, transportation, and water policies.
Mr. Soiseth works hard to deliver thorough and timely research for clients that is based on his academic, professional, and hands-on experience. Before joining the Firm, he was elected Mayor of Turlock, California, where he served for four years on various boards and agencies, including: Chair of the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority; Vice Chair of the Stanislaus Council of Governments; Vice Chair of the West Turlock Groundwater Subbasin Agency; and Vice Chair of the Stanislaus Mayors’ Selection Committee.
Mr. Soiseth is the former Regulatory Administrator of Water and Energy Policy at the Modesto Irrigation District and a former Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the California State University, Stanislaus. He has worked for various government entities and associations, including the Association of California Water Agencies in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. House of Representatives; and the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He also possesses a strong track record of international development experience from his roles as the Director of Economic Growth for the International Security Assistance Force (Regional Command-South, Afghanistan) and as a Senior Agricultural Advisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture embedded with the U.S. Army in Wardak and Kandahar, Afghanistan.
For his work in Afghanistan, Mr. Soiseth was awarded the U.S. Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award; the U.S. Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal; the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award; the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin Franklin Award; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Superior Honor Award for Extra Effort; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Steven “Tom” Stefani Superior Honor Award.
Mr. Soiseth holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Soiseth lives in his hometown of Turlock where he is a third-generation almond farmer and owner of Central California Advisors, a marketing, branding, and communications consultancy.