Governor Brown Announces Appointments


12-1-2014

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Stephen Lefkovits, 48, of Emeryville, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Lefkovits has been a senior vice president at RealtyCom Partners LLC since 2008 and president at Joshua Tree Conference Group since 2007 and at Joshua Tree Consulting since 2001. He was senior vice president of technology initiatives at BRE Properties from 2000 to 2001, vice president of housing and capital markets at the National Multi Housing Council from 1997 to 2000 and vice president at the State of New York Mortgage Agency from 1995 to 1997. He was a staff photographer for USA Today from 1988 to 1992. Lefkovits earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Lefkovits is a Democrat.

Terry Young, 63, of Oakland, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2006. Young has been an independent environmental science consultant since 1983. She was acting executive director at the Aquatic Habitat Institute from 1985 to 1986 and held multiple positions at the University of California, Berkeley from 1976 to 1983, including lecturer and teaching and research assistant. Young was an environmental scientist and chemist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1973 to 1976. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Young is a Democrat.

Tomas Morales, 51, of San Diego, has been reappointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011. Morales has been principal at Morales Legal since 2012. He was partner at Golub and Morales LLP from 2004 to 2011 and an attorney at Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire from 2000 to 2004. Morales was a partner at Strong and Morales APC from 1994 to 2000 and an associate at Aguirre and Eckmann from 1993 to 1994, at Sanger and Associates from 1992 to 1993, at Hatch and Parent from 1990 to 1992 and at Lillick and McHorse from 1988 to 1989. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Morales is a Democrat.

Betty Olson, 67, of Trabuco Canyon, has been appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. Olson has been a professor at the University of California, Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2006. She was a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology from 1974 to 2006. Olson is president of the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors and a member of the Orange County Water Association and the Association of California Water Agencies. She earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in environmental health science from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Olson is registered without party preference.

Gary Strawn, 68, of Santee, has been appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2010. Strawn was an engineering consultant at Gary Strawn Consulting from 2007 to 2012 and a program manager at United Technologies Hamilton Sundstrand from 1988 to 2006. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1988. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Strawn is registered without party preference.

Linda Ackerman, 70, of Irvine, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2010. Ackerman has been director of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California since 2008. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Ackerman is a Republican.

Susan Longville, 63, of San Bernardino, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2012. Longville was director of the California State University, San Bernardino Water Resources Institute from 2003 to 2013, inland regional manager at Cadiz Inc. from 1999 to 2002 and served as a member of the San Bernardino City Council from 1998 to 2006. She earned a Master of Arts degree in management from the Claremont Graduate School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Longville is a Democrat.

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