Governor Brown Announces Appointments


5-16-2017

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

Maricela Gomez, 40, of La Crescenta-Montrose, has been appointed deputy director of legislative and inter-governmental affairs in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Gomez was executive director of real estate and government relations at Paramount Pictures from 2010 to 2017, director of government relations at Playa Vista from 2006 to 2010 and a legislative deputy in Los Angeles City Council member Wendy Greuel’s office from 2002 to 2006. She was a field deputy in Los Angeles City Council member Ruth Galanter’s office in 2002. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $110,004. Gomez is a Democrat.

Dayna Ghirardelli, 43, of Petaluma, has been appointed to the 4th District Agricultural Association, Sonoma-Marin Fair Board of Directors. Ghirardelli has been a compliance coordinator at Wilson Cattle since 2011 and producer relations manager at Clover Sonoma since 2008. She was a compliance coordinator at Diamond W Ranch from 2005 to 2016, office manager at Anderson Pump and Well from 2000 to 2009 and a dairy program representative for the University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma and Marin Counties from 1995 to 2000. Ghirardelli is a member of the California Creamery Operators Association Board of Directors, North Bay Dairy Women, Petaluma High School Agriculture Department Advisory Committee, Santa Rosa Junior College Agricultural Business Department Advisory Committee and the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Agriculture Department Advisory Committee. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ghirardelli is a Republican.

Esteban Arreguin, 58, of Columbia, has been appointed to the 29th District Agricultural Association, Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors. Arreguin has been a North American electric reliability corporation program manager for IHI Power Services Corporation since 2007. He was a senior plant engineer at the HB Fuller Company from 1994 to 2007. Arreguin is a member of the Foothill Pregnancy Center Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Arreguin is a Republican.

Ronald Hamilton, 51, of Tuolumne, has been appointed to the 29th District Agricultural Association, Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors. Hamilton has been principal at Gold Rush Charter School since 2012. He was a human relations instructor at Columbia College from 2009 to 2012 and workforce education coordinator at the Tuolumne County Behavioral Health Department from 2008 to 2012. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Hamilton is a Republican.

Dennis Hendricks, 68, of Tuolumne, has been appointed to the 29th District Agricultural Association, Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors. Hendricks was a senior damage claim representative at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1968 to 2004. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Hendricks is a Democrat.

Margaret Lee, 73, of Sonora, has been reappointed to the 29th District Agriculture Association, Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2014. Lee was an aide at the University of California, Merced Purchasing Facilities Department from 2008 to 2013 and an executive director of the Area 12 Agency on Aging from 1993 to 2005. She was a senior consultant to the California State Assembly’s Select Committee on Child Abuse from 1989 to 1991 and served as chief of staff in the Office of California State Assemblymember Norman Waters from 1979 to 1991, in the Office of California State Assemblymember Larry Chimbole from 1977 to 1978 and in the Office of California State Assemblymember Pauline Davis from 1974 to 1976. Lee was an aide for the California State Senate Democratic Caucus and in the Office of California State Senator George Moscone from 1969 to 1973. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Lee is registered without party preference.

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