California: Governor Newsom announces appointments 6.14.24
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~ SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom has announced several appointments to key positions in California state agencies. These appointments, effective June 14, 2024, aim to strengthen the state's efforts in addressing important issues such as water resources, climate change, and student aid.

Ryan Endean has been appointed as the Deputy Director of Communications at the California Department of Water Resources. Endean has been serving as the Acting Deputy Director of Communications since 2024 and has held various roles within the department since 2018. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from California State University, Sacramento, Endean brings a wealth of experience to this position. He previously served as the Statewide Media Relations Director for the American Lung Association in California and held multiple roles at Blanning & Baker Associates.

Drew Hodel has been appointed as the Senior Advisor on Climate, Legal, and Intergovernmental Affairs at the California Public Utilities Commission. Hodel has been working at the commission since 2021 and currently serves as Legal and Policy Advisor to President Alice Reynolds. With a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law, Hodel is well-equipped to handle complex legal and policy matters related to climate change.

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Ryan Briscoe Young will be joining the California Energy Commission as Deputy Public Advisor. Young brings a diverse background with experience in policy development and legal counsel. He previously served as Policy Director at Dream Corps and held various roles within the City and County of San Francisco. Young holds a Juris Doctor degree from University of California College of Law, San Francisco.

In addition to these appointments, Keiry Saravia has been appointed to serve on the California Student Aid Commission. Saravia currently serves as a Senator for Associated Students of California State University Northridge College of Humanities and also works as a Cashier at ACE Hardware. Her appointment requires Senate confirmation and she will receive a compensation of $100 per diem.

These appointments reflect Governor Newsom's commitment to bringing in qualified individuals to lead and support important initiatives in the state. These positions do not require Senate confirmation, except for Saravia's appointment, and the compensations range from $140,004 to $153,456. All appointees are Democrats.

Governor Newsom expressed his confidence in these individuals and their abilities to make a positive impact in their respective roles. He believes that their diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring fresh perspectives to the table and contribute towards the betterment of California.

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