Gavin Newsom announces five new appointments
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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced five new appointments to various departments, including the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Air Resources Board, and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Matthew Baker, Clio Korn, Norma Camacho, and Marissa Christiansen are the appointees. According to Mayor's office, all the appointees are Democrats.

The Governor has appointed Matthew Baker as the Director of the Public Advocates Office at the California Public Utilities Commission. Previously, Baker has briefly worked as the Deputy Secretary for Energy at the California Natural Resources Agency. He has also served as the Program Officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for eight years (2012-2020). Further, he worked as a Commissioner at the State of Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 2008 to 2012 and Executive Director at Environment Colorado from 2005 to 2008.

Thirty-three-year-old Clio Korn will join as the Special Assistant and Policy Advisor at the California Air Resources Board Chair. Until last year, She was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the California Council on Science and Technology placed at the California Air Resources Board. Before that, Korn was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, from 2017 to 2020. She has also been a Graduate Researcher at the University of Oxford from 2011 to 2017.

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Newsom also announced the appointment of Norma Camacho to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Previously, she was a Member of the Stillwater Sciences Board of Directors for a year. Camacho has held multiple roles at the Santa Clara Valley Water District for eight years, including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She also worked at the Ventura County Public Works Agency for over two decades.

Marissa Christiansen will join the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. She has held multiple positions at the Friends of the Los Angeles River, including President and Chief Executive Officer, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Executive Director. Before this, Christiansen worked at  XPRIZE for two years as a Senior Manager. She has also served the City of Redondo Beach as the City Manager for a year. She has also worked with the South Bay Initiative at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Walt Disney Company.
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