Governor Newsom Announces Appointments

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Nancy Vogel, 51, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the Governor’s Water Portfolio Program at the California Natural Resources Agency. Vogel has been director of communications at the Resources Legacy Fund since 2017. She was deputy secretary for communications at the California Natural Resources Agency from 2015 to 2017 and assistant director for communications at the Department of Water Resources from 2012 to 2015. Vogel was a principal consultant for the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes from 2008 to 2012. She was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times from 2000 to 2008 and for the Sacramento Bee from 1991 to 2000. Vogel has been a member of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation Board of Directors since 2018. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,000. Vogel is a Democrat.

Gayle Miller, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy of policy at the California Department of Finance. Miller has been senior policy advisor for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration since 2018. She was deputy controller, director of policy in the Office of the State Controller from 2017 to 2018. She served as a principal consultant in the Office of the California State Senate President pro Tempore from 2016 to 2018. She held several positions in the California State Senate, including consultant in the Office of Research from 2014 to 2016, staff director for the Governance and Finance Committee from 2006 to 2014 and principal consultant at the Revenue and Taxation Committee from 2001 to 2005. She was director of government affairs at Anthem Blue Cross from 2005 to 2006, legislative director in the Office of Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal from 1999 to 2001 and legislative aid and Assembly fellow in the Office of Assemblymember Tom Torlakson from 1997 to 1999. Miller earned a Master of Business Administration degree in strategy and communications from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration degree in economics and finance from Columbia University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $188,580. Miller is a Democrat.

Paul Starkey, 64, of West Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of labor relations at the California Department of Human Resources. Starkey has been assistant chief counsel in the California Department of Human Resources Legal Division since 2016. He was an attorney and special board counsel for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board from 2014 to 2016 and assistant chief counsel for the California Department of Personnel Administration from 2009 to 2014. Starkey was a labor relations counsel for the California Department of Human Resources from 2005 to 2008. He was attorney to the commission and chief legal counsel for the California Commission on State Mandates from 2001 to 2005, senior board counsel for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board from 2000 to 2001 and labor relations counsel at California Department of Human Resources from 1991 to 2000. Starkey was an associate attorney at Hubbert, Shanley and Lee from 1990 to 1991 and at Thierman, Cook, Brown and Prager from 1987 to 1990. He was deputy county counsel in the Sutter County Office of County Counsel from 1986 to 1987. Starkey was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California from 1984 to 1986 and an associate attorney at Thierman, Simpson and Cook in 1984. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $179,724. Starkey is registered without party preference.

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