Governor Newsom announces appointments 4.22.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Christopher Calfee, 46, of Sacramento, has been named special adviser to the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. Calfee has served as assistant secretary for legal affairs and general counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2017. He was senior counsel in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 2011 to 2017 and an attorney at Best Best and Krieger LLP from 2010 to 2011, where he was a partner from 2004 to 2009. Calfee was a special counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency from 2009 to 2010 and a partner at Remy Moose Manley LLP from 2001 to 2004. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University from California to Davis. Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $197,376. Calfee is a Democrat.

Stephanie Shimazu, 52, of Sacramento, has been appointed general counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency. Shimazu has served as Acting Deputy Chief of the Law Enforcement Division at the California Department of Justice since 2021 and Director of the Office of Gambling Control at the California Department of Justice since 2018. She served as an attorney in chief at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. from 2013 to 2018, Attorney III at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs in 2013 and Attorney at the California Department of Human Services in 2013. Shimazu served as Commissioner of the California Gambling Control Commission from 2007 to 2012, where she was president from 2011 to 2012 and acting president from 2010 to 2011. She served as assistant secretary for legal affairs in the governor’s office from 2004 to 2007 and staff attorney in the California Department of Human Services from 2001 to 2004. She served as served as Deputy Legislative Counsel. for the Office of Legislative Counsel from 1999 to 2001, staff attorney at the California Department of Corrections from 1997 to 1999, and D Assistant City of Sacramento Attorney from 1995 to 1997. the University of San Francisco. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $200,004. Shimazu is a Democrat.

Christopher Anthony, 50, of South Lake Tahoe, has been named chief deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Anthony has been Deputy Assistant Director with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection since 2020, where he held several positions from 1993 to 2020, including Chief of Staff Wildlife Resilience, Deputy Chief of Operations , Deputy Chief of the Governor’s Tree Mortality Task Force, Deputy Chief of Administration, Battalion Chief, Forester I, Assistant Forester II, and Assistant Forester. Anthony is a Registered Professional Forester with the State of California and a member of the California Fire Chiefs Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $204,000. Anthony is registered without party preference.

Tony Andersen, 38, of Portland, Oregon, has been appointed strategic communications, education and outreach advisor to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Andersen has served as Director of Strategic Communications for the State of Oregon since 2020. He served as Director of Strategic Communications for the City of Portland, Portland Water Bureau from 2018-2020, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Medellin, in Colombia from 2017 to 2018, and Communications Manager for Environmental Public Health Issues for the Oregon Health Authority from 2016 to 2017. Andersen served as Director of Public Affairs and Public Information Officer for the Department of Oregon Forests from 2013 to 2016, serving as Communications Officer for Education Reform Initiatives in the Oregon Governor’s Office. from 2012 to 2013, and as a senior consultant for marketing, communications, and digital engagement at DHM Research from 2010 to 2012. Andersen earned a Master of Science in Writing and Strategic Communications from Portland State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $136,560. Andersen is a Democrat.

Lawrence Notheis, 53, of Sacramento, has been named chief deputy director of the California Conservation Corps. Notheis has served as Deputy Director of the California Conservation Corps since 2015. He held several positions with the California Conservation Corps from 1988 to 2015, including District Director, Conservation Supervisor, Conservationist I and II, and Corps Member – Chief of team. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $153,012. Notheis is a Democrat.

William Matsubu, 34, of Eureka, has been appointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Board. Matsubu has been a fisheries biologist for the Wiyot Tribe since 2021. He was a skilled worker for Matsubu Construction Inc. from 2020-2021 and a research assistant and teaching assistant in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Washington from 2013 to 2019. Matsubu served as a Natural Resources Program Assistant at Sonoma Water from 2011 to 2013. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $250 per day. Matsubu is a Democrat.

Danette Brown, 53, of Walnut, has been appointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Brown has been a teacher and Multilevel Support System Intervention and Instructional Coach for the La Habra City School District since 2019, where she held several positions from 1996-2019, including academic coach, on-site resource teacher School and Title 1 Coordinator, Project GLAD Trainer and Writing Teacher. She has been a field consultant with the Orange County Department of Education since 2010. Brown is a member of the California Teachers Association, La Habra Education Association, California Council on Teacher Education, and the National Education Association. She earned a Master of Arts in Education from the National University. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Brown is a Democrat.

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