John A. De Luca

Senior Advisor to President Janet Napolitano, Agriculture, Business, and Public Policy

  • Ph.D., International Relations, UCLA, 1967
  • M.A., Soviet Studies, Harvard University, 1958
  • B.A., Political Science, UCLA, 1955

Following nearly 30 years as President and CEO of Wine Institute, during which time he directed U.S. and international public policy objectives for California's wineries and winegrowers, John A. De Luca, in 2005, assumed the post of Chairman of the Board of the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UCSF. The Center, which consists of 173 total personnel, including 58 employees with advanced scientific degrees (Ph.D. or MD), and a pre-eminent Scientific Advisory Board, is strongly acknowledged for its innovative discoveries of molecular, cellular, and neuronal mechanisms that underlie alcoholism, substance abuse and their co morbidities.

In the summer of 2011, Dr. De Luca accepted the post of Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Molecular Neuroscience (IMN), affiliated with the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), working to address mental health and post-traumatic stress disorders affecting military personnel and veterans.

The IMN competitive research program will be comprised of selected multidisciplinary teams of leading scientists and individual investigators from a group of world-class research institutions. The objective of the IMN is to bring together these teams and investigators, including basic, translational, and clinical scientists, into highly cooperative and synergistic working groups. The initial goal is to identify and develop new medications and protocols for the treatment of substance use disorders in the context of the traumatic stress conditions impacting military personnel and veteran populations.

John was originally appointed Senior Advisor to the President of the University of California for Agriculture and Business in 2002, and subsequently reappointed in 2007 by President Mark Yudof. He has served as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and is a member of the Board of Advisors at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, as well as the Council of the Friends of the Bancroft Library. He is on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Teaching, founded by the 295,000 member California Teachers Association. He remains Founding Chairman of the University of California President's Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Founding Member of the Advisory Board, Shorenstein Center, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern California Bay Area Council, which consists of 275 major corporations. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Board of the E. & J. Gallo Winery.

In recent years, John has received numerous awards, including the prestigious "Agriculturist of the Year" for the State of California in 2001, the "Presidential Citation" conferred by President Richard Atkinson of the University of California in 2003, and Senate and Assembly bipartisan Resolutions of Commendation in 2003. He is the past recipient of the "Distinguished Service Award" by the Wine Spectator; "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Wine Enthusiast; and "Torch of Liberty Award" by the Anti-Defamation League. At the Federal level John served two terms on the Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and on the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. In 2007, the ten campus Alumni Associations' of the University of California honored him with the AAUC Advocate of the Year Award.

From 1968-1975, a tumultuous period in San Francisco history of street violence and strikes, but also one that established the lasting foundation for financial and cultural leadership (the Embarcadero Center, Transamerica building, Bank of America building, Performing Arts Center, etc.), John served as Deputy Mayor under Mayor Joseph Alioto. In 1965-1966, he served as White House Fellow in the Administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. On the White House Staff, he worked on national security matters and served on various State Department coordinating committees. In 1966-1967, John was special assistant to Senator Frank Church of Idaho, responsible for international issues.

From 1956 to 1960 he held a Ford Foundation Grant (Harvard University) and a Fulbright Fellowship (University of Rome). In Moscow in the summer of 1959, John was present at the famous "Kitchen Debate" between Nikita Khrushchëv and Richard Nixon. In 1964-1965 he was a member of the faculty at San Francisco State University teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American foreign policy and international relations.

Dr. De Luca resides in Redwood City, California, with his wife Josephine. He has two daughters: Gina Raven and Carla Worfolk, a son, Perry De Luca and sons-in-law John Raven and Patrick Worfolk, and three grandchildren Jeremy and Julia Raven, and Sofia Worfolk.