SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Jose de Jesus (J.) Lopez, 60, of Pasadena, has been appointed to the State Forestry and Fire Protection Council. Lopez served as the deputy chief of the forestry division in the Los Angeles County Fire Department from 1987 to 2020. He is a member of the board of directors of the California Fire Safe Council, the Society of American Foresters, the California advisory committee Fire Science Consortium, of the California Licensed Foresters Association. and the California Urban Forest Council. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and the pay is $ 100 per day. Lopez is a Democrat.
Elizabeth Forsburg Pardi, 38, of Davis, has been appointed to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Pardi has been an associate director of Nature Conservancy since 2011. She was a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Berkeley from 2009-2011 and a research associate for the Congressional Budget Office in 2009. Pardi was a policy associate for Nature Conservancy. from 2005 to 2009. Pardi obtained a doctorate in philosophy in environmental science, policy and management from the University of California at Berkeley. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and the pay is $ 100 per day. Pardi is registered without party preference.
Ingrid E. Braun, 53, of Mammoth Lakes, has been reappointed to the State 911 Advisory Board, where she has served since 2018. Braun has served as Mono County Sheriff Coroner since 2014. She was a police officer in reserve at the Mammoth Lakes Police Department from 2013 to 2014. Braun was Deputy Sheriff and Retired Annuitant in the Mono County Sheriff’s Office from 2011 to 2013. She held several positions with the Los Angeles Police Department from 1990 to 2011, including lieutenant, supervisor-detective, detective and police. Officer. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Braun is a Democrat.
Juan Carlos Castillo, 53, of La Mesa, was appointed to the State 911 Advisory Council. Castillo has served as director of the Heartland Communications Facility Authority since 2017, where he was responsible for information systems from 2009 to 2017. Castillo was a staff sergeant for the US Air Force from 1992 to 1997. Castillo is a member of the Western Fire Chiefs Association. . This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Castillo is a Republican.
Rebecca H. Ramirez, 55, Davis, has been appointed to the State 911 Advisory Board. Ramirez has been the Fire Chief of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Fire Department since 2020. She was the Fire Chief of the City of Woodland Fire Department from 2017 to 2019. Ramirez has held several positions for the Department of City of West Sacramento fire from 1993 to 2017, including Deputy Fire Chief, Division Chief, Battalion Chief, Captain, Engineer and Firefighter. Ramirez is a member of the International Association of California Fire Chiefs and Fire Chiefs. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Ramirez is a Democrat.
Andrew White, 36, of Clearlake, has been appointed to the State 911 Advisory Council. White has served as the City of Clearlake Police Chief since 2018 and as an instructor and scenario assessor at Napa Valley College since 2007. He has served as the Chief Constable for the City of Clearlake since 2018. was police commander of the Suisun City Police Department from 2015 to 2018, where he held several positions from 2002 until 2015, including as a cadet, officer and sergeant. White was a senior engineer with Cohero from 2013 to 2015. He was a dispatcher with the Napa Police Department from 2002 to 2004. White is a member of the California Police Chiefs Association. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. White is a Republican.
Lauren Miller Rogen, 39, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, where she has served since 2013. Rogen is an actress, screenwriter and producer and has worked in the film industry since 2004. Rogen is the founder Member and board member of Hilarity for Charity. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the remuneration is $ 100 per day. Rogen is a Democrat.
Richard Lajara, 41, of Lincoln, has been appointed to the Independent Citizen Oversight Committee. Lajara has been an Apprentice Electrical Distribution Operator at PG&E since 2019 and has held several positions there since 2006. He is a Patient Advocate for Americans for Cures. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the remuneration is $ 100 per day. Lajara is a Republican.