Governor Newsom announces appointments 10.21.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Mona Badie, 43, of Gold River, has been appointed as a public advisor to the California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (California Energy Commission). Badie has been an advisor to Commissioner Monahan at the California Energy Commission since 2021, where she served as an advisor to Vice President Scott from 2020 to 2021 and an attorney from 2015 to 2020. She served as an attorney at the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 2010 to 2015 and attorney with Legal Services of Northern California and Rural Legal Aid of California from 2005-2010. Badie earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $168,432. Badie is a Democrat.

Michael S. Green, 63, of Lakeport, has been appointed to the Lake County District Four Board of Supervisors. Green has been a member of the City of Lakeport City Council since 2021, where he served on the planning commission from 2017-2021 and has been a personnel services analyst with the Lake County Department of Human Services since 2021. He was chairman of the Lake County. Growers Association from 2016 to 2019, Campaign Treasurer for Yes on Measure A in the City of Fresno in 2018 and Campaign Treasurer for Yes on Measure C in Lake County in 2016. This position does not require confirmation by the Senate. Green is a Democrat.

Yvonne Dorantes, 25, of Sacramento, has been named assistant deputy director for board and office relations at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Dorantes has served as the Senior Emergency Services Coordinator at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services since 2022 and as a Policy Analyst and Task Force Coordinator since 2019. She served as an Executive Member at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in California from 2018 to 2019. District assistant in the office of Assemblywoman Anna Caballero in 2018 and academic advisor to UC Berkeley’s pre-college TRIO programs from 2015 to 2018. Dorantes was a Matsui Center Cal-in- Sacramento to the office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas in 2016. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $114,996. Dorantes is a Democrat.

Mike Barreto, 64, of Eureka, has been named to the 9th District Agricultural Association (Redwood Acres Fair Board). Barreto has served as president of Trinity Diesel since 2004 where he served as a director from 1998 to 2012. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Barreto is a Republican.

Beth Sederberg, 54, of Loleta, has been named to the 9th District Agricultural Association (Redwood Acres Fair Board). Sederberg has been the CALPADS coordinator for the Fortuna Elementary School District since 2013, where she has held several positions since 2008, including school secretary and data technician. She has been a fitness instructor at HealthSport Fortuna since 2017. Sederberg is a member of the women’s group. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sederberg is a Republican. Nicolas Calubaquib, 42, of Aptos, has been appointed to the 14th District Agricultural Association (Santa Cruz County Fair Board). Calubaquib has served as Director of Parks and Community Services for the City of Watsonville since 2018. He served as Director of Recreation for the City of Morgan Hill from 2011 to 2018. Calubaquib held several positions for the City of Watsonville from 2004 to 2011, including that of Superintendent of Recreation. Supervisor and recreation manager. Calubaquib is a member of the California Parks and Recreation Society. He earned a Master of Science in Recreation Management from San Jose State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Calubaquib is a Democrat.

Rachel E. Bickert Wells, 29, of Felton, has been named to the 14th District Agricultural Association (Santa Cruz County Fair Board). Bickert Wells has served as the Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative at the California School Boards Association since 2022. She served as the Outreach Specialist at the California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority from 2020 to 2021. Bickert Wells has held several positions in the office of Senator Bill Monning. from 2015 to 2020, including District Manager and Field Representative. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Bickert Wells is a Democrat.

Darrel Ng, 44, of Davis, has been appointed to the 40th District Agricultural Association (Yolo County Fair Board). Ng has served as Vice President of Health Net since 2020. He served as COVID Vaccine Communications Manager for the State of California in 2021. Ng was Founder and Managing Director of Fast Twitch Communications from 2019-2020. He was CEO of the W2O Group. from 2017 to 2020 and vice president of staff at Anthem Inc. from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of the board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America, California Capital Chapter. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ng is recorded without party preference.

Blake Harlan, 56, of Woodland, has been named to the 40th District Agricultural Association (Yolo County Fair Board). Harlan has been a director of Farm Credit West since 2003. He has been president of Harlan Family Ranch since 1998, where he has worked as an employee since 1989. Harlan has been a partner at Wilson Bend Farms since 1988. This position does not require a senate. confirmation and there is no compensation. Harlan is recorded without party preference.

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