Governor Brown Announces Appointments


1-12-2016

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

Bret Ladine, 34, of San Francisco, has been appointed assistant general counsel at the California Department of Business Oversight. Ladine has been a senior associate at Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP since 2012. He was an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati PC from 2008 to 2012, a summer associate at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP in 2007 and served as a summer law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California in 2006. Ladine was press secretary and communications director in the Office of Congressman Dennis Cardoza from 2003 to 2005, a correspondent at the Boston Globe in 2002 and a staff writer at the Times-Picayune in 2001. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $119,004. Ladine is a Democrat.

Janea Ashanti Scott, 42, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the California Energy Commission, where she has served since 2013. Scott was a deputy counselor for renewable energy and special assistant to the counselor at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary from 2009 to 2013 and held several positions at the Environmental Defense Fund from 2000 to 2009, including senior attorney and staff attorney. She served as an AmeriCorps member at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996 to 1997. Scott earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a Master of Science degree in earth systems from Stanford University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $137,956. Scott is a Democrat.

Mark Ferron, 56, of Mill Valley, has been reappointed to the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors, where he has served since 2015. Ferron served as a member of the California Public Utilities Commission from 2011 to 2014, was a partner at the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund from 2010 to 2014 and held several positions at Deutsche Bank from 1996 to 2009, including managing director and chief operating officer of the Global Markets Division. He was vice president at Salomon Brothers from 1994 to 1996 and at Bank of America from 1986 to 1994. Ferron earned a Master of Arts degree in economics from Stanford University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $20,000, in addition to per diem meeting preparation and attendance expenses. Ferron is a Democrat.

David Olsen, 69, of Ventura, has been reappointed to the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors, where he has served since 2012. Olsen was managing director at the Western Grid Group from 2003 to 2013 and coordinator for the California Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative from 2007 to 2010. He was coordinator at the Tehachapi Collaborative Study Group from 2005 to 2007, president at Clipper Windpower Development from 2001 to 2003 and CEO at Patagonia Inc. from 1996 to 1999. He was vice president at the Magma Power Company from 1988 to 1995 and president and CEO at Northern Power Systems from 1984 to 1988. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $20,000, in addition to per diem meeting preparation and attendance expenses. Olsen is a Democrat.

Billie Greer, 77, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California Science Center Board of Directors, where she has served since 2010. Greer has been an independent consultant since 2015. She was president at the Southern California Leadership Council from 2011 to 2015 and senior staff member and director of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Los Angeles Office from 2004 to 2010. Greer was president and founding principal at Greer Dailey Inc. from 1993 to 2003, held several positions at Braun Ketchum from 1977 to 1993, including senior vice president of public affairs, and served as a teacher for the Long Beach Unified School District from 1959 to 1960. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Greer is a Democrat.

Stanley Shuster, 55, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California Science Center Board of Directors, where he has served since 2015. Shuster has been president at Grand Havana Enterprises Inc. since 1994. He was vice president of artists and repertoire at JRS Records from 1990 to 1994. Shuster is a member of the California Highway Patrol Citizens’ Advisory Board and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Shuster is a Republican.

Margaret “Peg” Johnson, 68, of Auburn, has been appointed to the 20th District Agricultural Association, Gold Country Fair Board of Directors. Johnson has been a registered nurse at the Office of Dr. Stephen M. Nagy, M.D. since 1989. She is a member of the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet Board of Directors, Philanthropic Educational Organization, Order of the Eastern Star, Auburn Symphony League and the Friends of the Auburn Library. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Johnson is a Republican.

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