Governor Brown Announces Appointments


2-22-2016

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

Steven Cliff, 46, of Sacramento, has been appointed senior advisor to the chair at the California Air Resources Board. Cliff has served as assistant director of sustainability at the California Department of Transportation since 2014. He served in several positions at the California Air Resources Board from 2008 to 2014, including assistant chief of the Stationary Source Division, chief of the division’s Climate Change Markets Branch, manager of the Office of Climate Change’s Program Development Section and air pollution specialist. Cliff has been an associate professional researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies’ Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis since 2011, where he has served in several positions since 1998, including an associate professional researcher and assistant professional researcher in the Department of Applied Science and admissions chair in the Atmospheric Science Graduate Group. He has been approved program coordinator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advanced Light Source since 2004, where he has held several positions since 2001, including beamline scientist and primary research team coordinator. Cliff earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,788. Cliff is a Republican.

Fernando Giraldo, 48, of Aptos, has been appointed to the California Sex Offender Management Board. Giraldo has been chief probation officer at the Santa Cruz County Probation Department since 2013, where he has served in several positions since 1995, including assistant chief probation officer, juvenile division director, assistant superintendent, assistant probation division director and deputy probation officer. He was a treatment coordinator and counselor at Triad Community Services from 1990 to 1995. Giraldo earned a Master of Social Work degree from San Jose State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Giraldo is a Democrat.

Myrian Solis Coronel, 35, of Chula Vista, has been reappointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission, where she has served since 2013. Solis Coronel has been manager of marketing and national partnerships at REI since 2011, where she was a community relations administrator from 2008 to 2011. She was a manager at KPBS Public Broadcasting from 2002 to 2008. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Solis Coronel is a Democrat.

Anthea Hartig, 51, of San Mateo, has been reappointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission, where she has served since 2015. Hartig has been executive director at the California Historical Society since 2011. She was regional director at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Western Office from 2005 to 2011 and an assistant professor at La Sierra University from 2000 to 2005. Hartig was chair of the California State Historic Resources Commission from 2001 to 2005. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in history from the University of California, Riverside. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Hartig is a Democrat.

Douglas Metz, 82, of Coronado, has been reappointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission, where he has served since 2006. Metz has been chairman at Metz and Associates since 1998. He was senior counsel at the King Law Group from 2007 to 2013 and chief executive officer and general counsel at Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc. from 1977 to 1998. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Wayne State University Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Metz is a Republican.

Frank Peralta, 69, of Bonita, has been reappointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission, where he has served since 2012. Peralta has been a court bailiff at the San Diego County Superior Court since 2003. He served as a deputy sheriff at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department from 1974 to 2003. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Peralta is registered without party preference.

J. Keith Gilless, 60, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, where he has been chair since 2013 and has served since 2011. Gilless has been dean at the University of California, Berkeley College of Natural Resources since 2008, where he has served as a professor of forest economics since 1983. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in forestry and agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Gilless is a Democrat.

Kevin Murphy, 47, of Morgan Hill, has been reappointed to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, where he has served since 2013. Murphy has been fire captain at the Santa Clara County Fire Department since 1999, where he has served in several positions since 1990, including hazardous materials specialist, arson investigator, firefighter, engineer and emergency medical technician. He was a park trail volunteer at the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission’s Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area from 1992 to 1997. Murphy is a member of the American Motorcyclist Association, Hollister Hills Off-Road Association and the Sacramento Pacific International Trials Society Club. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Murphy is registered without party preference.

Paul Slavik, 73, of Huntington Beach, has been reappointed to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, where he has served since 2008. Slavik held several positions at the American Honda Motor Company from 1976 to 2005, including national off-highway motor vehicle coordinator, field service representative and dealer technical advisor. He is a member of the American Motorcyclist Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Slavik is a Republican.

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