Governor Brown Announces Appointments


4-7-2011

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

Claudia Cappio, 57, of Oakland, has been appointed executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency. She is currently the managing principal of Sparticles, LLC a planning and development consulting firm she founded in 2008. Cappio was the city of Oakland’s director of planning, building, major projects and the Oakland Base Reuse Authority from 2000 to 2007. She was the planning and building director for the city of Emeryville from 1995 to 2000, the planning director for the city of Albany from 1985 to 1995, and an assistant and associate planner for the Town of Corte Madera from 1980 to 1985. In 2007, Cappio was inducted into Lambda Alpha Phi, an international honor society for the advancement of land economics. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $174,996. Cappio is a Democrat.

Caryl Hart, 53, of Sebastopol, has been appointed to the State Park and Recreation Commission. Hart has served on the commission since 2000, currently serving as chair. Hart has been the director of Sonoma County Regional Parks since 2010. She served as a member of the Forest Protocols Advisory Committee to the Climate Action Reserve from 2006 to 2009. Previously, Hart was an advisor to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and was a founding member of LandPaths, an environmental land trust and land management non-profit dedicated to maximizing resource conservation while allowing managed public access. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Hart is a Democrat.

Kathy Lund, 65, of Rocklin, has been appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board. She has served on the board since 2007. Lund served as a councilmember for the city of Rocklin from 1985 to 2010, also serving as mayor in 1989, 1993, 1995, 2002, and 2007. Lund is a member of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce and the Rocklin Historical Society. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Lund is a Republican.

Joseph Lyou, 50, of Hawthorne, has appointed to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). He has served on the SCAQMD since 2007, where he has worked on policy decisions to improve air quality and protect public health for the more than 16 million people. Lyou has been the president and chief executive officer for the Coalition for Clean Air since 2010. Previously, he served as the executive director of the California Environmental Rights Alliance from 2003 to 2010 and the director of programs and interim executive director for the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund from 2000 to 2002. Lyou is a member of the California Environmental Protection Agency Cumulative Impacts and Precautionary Approaches Work Group and the Los Angeles World Airports Air Quality Source Apportionment Study Technical Working Group and was a member of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Justice. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Lyou is registered decline-to-state.

Richard Maullin, 70, of Santa Monica, has been appointed to the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors. Maullin is currently the president of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, where he has worked since 1981. Previously, he was the president and chief executive officer of MCR Geothermal Corporation from 1980 to 1985. Maullin was the co-chairman for Governor Brown’s presidential campaign in 1980 and associate campaign manager for Governor Brown’s gubernatorial campaign in 1974. He also served as chairman of the California Energy Commission from 1975 to 1979 and as Deputy Secretary of State from 1971 to 1974. Maullin worked at the RAND Corporation from 1965 to 1970. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $5,000 quarterly in addition to per diem meeting preparation and attendance costs. Maullin is a Democrat.

Karen Pines, 70, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Pines previously served as chair of the board from 2001 to 2005. Pines has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology since 2003. She was the special programs director at the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center from 1999 to 2002 and the special programs director at Family Service of Los Angeles from 1992 to 1999. Pines worked in private practice as a psychotherapist from 1984 to 1992. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holds an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Certification, and a Critical Incident Debriefing Specialist Certification. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Pines is a Democrat.

H.P. “Sandy” Purdon, 68, of San Diego, has been appointed to the Boating and Waterways Commission. He has served on the commission since 2004. Purdon has been the president and chief executive officer of H.P. Purdon & Company, a management firm handling waterfront real estate, marina development, and special events, since 1977. Purdon serves on the board of the San Diego Port Tenants Association and the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame. He is a life member of the San Diego Oceans Foundation and a member of the U.S. Sailing Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Purdon is registered decline-to-state.

Paul Junger Witt, 70, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the State Park and Recreation Commission. Witt has served on the commission since 1999. Witt has been the president and chief executive officer of Witt-Thomas Productions and Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions since 1975. Witt is a member of the UCLA Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Environmental Media Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Witt is a Democrat.

Elva Yanez, 57, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the State Park and Recreation Commission. She has been president of Colibri Strategies since 2009, which provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and foundations in public policy, land conservation, urban parks and open space, public health, land use, and the built environment. Yanez serves on the board of directors for the Prevention Institute. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Yanez is a Democrat.


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