SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Amy L. Wilson, 50, of Woodland, has been appointed deputy secretary of legislation at the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Wilson has been deputy secretary for policy, research and legislation at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency since 2017, where she served as assistant secretary for policy, research and legislation from 2015 to 2017. Wilson served as communications director in the Office of California State Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez from 2009 to 2014. She was a research associate at Harder and Company Community Research from 2004 to 2009, a founding staff member at the Yolo Community Foundation from 2003 to 2005 and operations coordinator and research assistant at the California Institute for Rural Studies from 2002 to 2004. Wilson was Russia program manager at the Initiative for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia from 1995 to 2000, a development coordinator at the Government Accountability Project from 1993 to 1995 and a legislative fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation from 1992 to 1993. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $155,256. Wilson is a Democrat.
Jeremy Brown, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant general counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Brown has served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General since 2014. He was a clinical instructor and research fellow at the University of Texas School of Law from 2012 to 2014, an associate at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP from 2010 to 2012 and a legal fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2009 to 2010. Brown earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,008. Brown is registered without party preference.
Suma Peesapati, 45, of San Diego, has been appointed assistant general counsel for enforcement at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Peesapati has served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General since 2018. She was owner of Peesapati Law from 2017 to 2018 and a visiting assistant professor and staff attorney at the University of California, Irvine School of Law from 2015 to 2017. Peesapati was a staff attorney at Earthjustice from 2010 to 2014, a sole practitioner of law from 2008 to 2010 and an associate at Adams, Broadwell, Joseph and Cardozo from 2003 to 2008. She was a staff attorney and equal justice works fellow at Communities for a Better Environment from 1999 to 2003. She is an advisor to the California Lawyers Association – Environmental Law Section. Peesapati earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,008. Peesapati is a Democrat.