Governor Newsom Announces Appointments

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Anna Ferrera, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs and External Partnerships at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Ferrera has been a legislative advocate at Murdoch Walrath and Holmes since 2005, and become a partner in 2017. In 2011, Ferrera founded the School Energy Coalition, serving as its executive director. Ferrera was policy and legislative director for Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny from 2003 to 2005, a consultant to the Senate Office of Research from 2000 to 2003 and consultant to the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications in 2000. From 1995 to1999, Ferrera served as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy. Ferrera is a member of California Women in Energy, the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment, and the California Latino Capitol Association Foundation. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,000. Ferrera is a Democrat.

Kenneth Clark, 58, of Springville, has been appointed Warden of California State Prison, Corcoran, where he has been Acting Warden since 2018. Clark was a teacher at Los Robles Elementary School from 2016 to 2018, associate director of reception center institutions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2010 to 2013 and director of the division of rehabilitative programs there from 2009 to 2010. He held multiple positions at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison Corcoran from 2002 to 2009, including warden, chief deputy warden, and associate warden. Clark was a captain at North Kern State Prison from 2001 to 2002 and supervisor of correctional education programs there from 1997 to 2001. He was supervisor of academic instruction at California Men’s Colony from 1994 to 1997. He was a teacher at California Correctional Institution from 1989 to 1994 and a correctional officer there from 1983 to 1985. Clark earned a Master of Education degree in educational administration from California State University, Bakersfield and an administrative education credential from California Polytechnic State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $154,308. Clark is a Republican.

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