CBDA Member Bios
Secretary for Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA)
Linda Adams, former director of the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency – making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency. As Cal/EPA's Secretary, Adams oversees the environmental activities of the Air Resources Board, California Integrated Waste Management Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the approximately 4,500 employees that serve the state's diverse environmental programs. During Adams' 32 years of service to the State of California, she has acted in a number of key positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches, most recently as a member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Prior to her serving as Director of the Department of Water Resources, Adams joined Governor Davis' staff in 1999 as Chief Deputy Legislative Secretary, where her primary responsibilities were negotiating legislation related to environmental protection and natural resources. Adams' most notable accomplishments include the "Clean Cars/Clean Air" legislation, earning her the "Environmental Hero Award" from the California League of Conservation Voters. Adams was instrumental in the CALFED Record of Decision for Bay-Delta restoration and Propositions 12 and 13, voter-approved bond measures which provide critically-needed funding for natural resources, parks and water programs. In addition to "Clean Cars/Clean Air," she negotiated other key pieces of legislation, including first-in-the-nation laws to promote environmental justice. After being promoted to Legislative Secretary, where she served as the Governor's chief liaison to the Legislature, Adams retained her resources and environmental protection issues, while overseeing all legislative activities. Before Adams joined the Davis administration, she served as a staff member to the State Legislature for 20 years in various positions. She served as chief consultant to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources, chaired by Senator Jim Costa. For the State Assembly, she served as a consultant to the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife and the Committee on Local Government. During her tenure as a legislative staffer, Adams drafted and negotiated Senate Bill 900 (Costa), passed by voters in 1996 as Proposition 204, a Delta restoration bond measure. She also was involved in the creation, development and funding of the San Joaquin River Parkway. She negotiated $3 billion in bonds for passenger rail service and drafted the first comprehensive groundwater management legislation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps and is a long-time resident of Sacramento.
Thomas C. Chapman
District Engineer for the Sacramento District
Colonel Thomas C. Chapman was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1984. His initial assignments at Fort Knox, Kentucky were with the 522nd Engineer Company, 194th Armor Brigade and the 19th Engineer Battalion as Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Assistant S3. From July 2002 to July 2004 COL Chapman commanded the Philadelphia District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His most recent assignment was Assistant Corps Engineer for the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy, which included serving as Chief Engineer for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He became the 29th District Engineer for the Sacramento District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, when he assumed command on July 16, 2007. COL Chapman holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master of science in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault courses, the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces where he earned a master of science in national resource strategy. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.
Secretary for Natural Resources
Michael Chrisman was appointed as Secretary of Resources by Governor Schwarzenegger on November 21, 2003. Since 1996 Chrisman has served as the region manager for Southern California Edison. Prior to joining Southern California Edison, he served as the undersecretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture and as deputy secretary for Operations/Legislation for the California Resources agency. He was appointed president of the California Fish and Game Commission by Governor Pete Wilson and serves as the Chairman of the Board of both the Great Valley Center and the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Foundation. Chrisman is the past president of the Agricultural Leadership Associates, a former member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control and past director of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Chrisman is also former advisor to the Assembly Republican Caucus on agriculture, water and environmental issues and served as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Bill Jones. He also oversees a family farming operation in Tulare county, a role he has filled since 1966.
Paula A. Daniels
Southern California Region
Paula A. Daniels is a commissioner with the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, which oversees the City's third largest department, with over 5,000 employees and five bureaus. The Department of Public Works is responsible for the infrastructure of the City of Los Angeles; Commissioner Daniels provides leadership in the areas of urban runoff, water quality, watershed management, recycled water and the urban forest. For over 15 years, Daniels has been actively involved in California environmental policy issues. She is Immediate Past President and member of the Board of Governors of Heal the Bay, an environmental group whose mission is to improve and protect the Southern California coastal waters and beaches. Daniels is also a senior research fellow at the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a gubernatorial appointee on the governing board of the Bay-Delta Authority. The Authority is a cooperative effort among more than 20 state and federal agencies that work with local communities to improve the quality and reliability of California's water supply. Daniels is the recipient of Heal the Bay's Superhealer Award (1991) and the Environmental Leadership Award of the California League of Conservation Voters (2005) In her over 25 years of experience as an attorney, Daniels handled complex civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts. She also has extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator, and was a senior fellow with the Western Justice Center Foundation, a mediation policy organization. Daniels previously served as an appointee of former Assembly Speaker (now Mayor) Antonio Villaraigosa to the California Coastal Commission. She also served on the board of directors of the California League of Conservation Voters and as a member of the Liberty Hill Environmental Justice Community Funding Board. A past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, she was also a regional governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, a delegate to the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color and president of the board of the Korean Youth and Community Center. Commissioner Daniels received her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.
Donald R. Glaser
Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region
As Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region, Don Glaser oversees the management of the Bureau of Reclamation's water projects in an area encompassing the northern two-thirds of California, most of western Nevada, and part of southern Oregon. In addition to the Regional Office headquarters in Sacramento, California, the Region includes five Area Offices located in Klamath Falls, Oregon; Carson City, Nevada; and Redding, Folsom, and Fresno, California; and two specialized offices, the MP Construction Office located in Willows, California; and the Central Valley Operations Office in Sacramento. Appointed Regional Director in May 2008, Glaser is responsible for one of Reclamation's best-known projects, California's Central Valley Project (CVP), the largest irrigation project in the Nation. The CVP provides urban water for more than 3 million people, irrigation water to more than 3 million acres, industrial water for key economic areas of California such as the Silicon Valley, and environmental water for wildlife needs and fishery restoration, and also generates some 5.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Glaser's experiences are varied and include 20 years with Reclamation in several positions throughout the West and in Washington, D.C., including Assistant Commissioner for Resources Management and Deputy Commissioner. He has spent the past 7 years managing several non-profits engaged in water education, open space preservation, and fish and wildlife conservation and restoration. Prior to that, he was a water resource consultant, the Executive Director for the Presidential Commission on Western Water Policy, and the State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado. Glaser was born in Long Beach, California, and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University-Billings).
Gary Hunt brings over 30 years of experience in government, business, major land use planning and development to his positions as Partner of California Strategies and as Chairman of the Bay Delta Advisory Committee. Hunt spent 25 years with the Irvine Company, and directed the company's major entitlement, regional infrastructure, planning and strategic government, media, and community relations activities. He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Business Roundtable, State Chamber of Commerce and other statewide business organizations. His political experience includes staff positions with the California State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor Ronald Reagan, and Executive Director of the California Republican Party. Governor Davis appointed him to the State Infrastructure Commission and nominated him for an appointment by Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, to the California Bay-Delta Advisory Committee.
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Region
Patrick Johnston is a Legislative Consultant representing clients whose interests include education, insurance, land use conservation and energy. He served 10 years as a California State Senator representing San Joaquin County (D-Stockton) and 10 years in the State Assembly. He chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee for six years and the Assembly Finance and Insurance Committee for four years.
Secretary of Food and Agriculture
A.G. Kawamura was appointed as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in November 2003. Secretary Kawamura is a produce grower and shipper from Orange County, where his family grows strawberries, green beans and other specialty crops. He is a founding partner, along with his brother, Matthew, of Orange County Produce, LLC. At the time of his appointment, he was a member of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he had served since 1998. He is the immediate past chairman of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Fruits, Vegetables and Horticultural Products, a USDA advisory position for international trade. He also held board positions with CDFA's Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, a partnership with U.C. Davis, and with the California Institute for Specialty Crops, a partnership with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition, Secretary Kawamura has served as president of the Orange County Farm Bureau, chairman of Western Growers Association, and president of the Orange County Agricultural Association. He has also served as a director on the boards of the California Strawberry Commission and the California Celery Research Advisory Board.
California Department of Fish and Game
Don Koch retired in December 2007, after a 30-year career at DFG. Most recently, he was advisor to the directorate, representing DFG in Klamath River negotiations. Previously, he served the department as Northern California-North Coast regional manager, where he managed law enforcement and fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation from 1998 to 2007. From 1990 to1998, Don Koch was senior biologist supervisor, directly in charge of implementing wildlife surveys, habitat, species and land management, environmental reviews, public information, and public use. As an associate wildlife biologist, from 1984 to 1989, he directed DFG’s statewide black bear and elk programs. From 1981 to 1984, Koch was a fish and wildlife assistant, conducting wildlife population and habitat trend surveys. "It is a great honor to serve in this important role in Governor Schwarzenegger's Administration," said Koch. "I look forward to using my background to protect California's vast fish and wildlife population." Don Koch, 55, of Redding, earned his Master of Science degree in biological sciences from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from UC Davis.
Regional Director, Pacific Southwest
Ren Lohoefener serves as the regional director of the Pacific Southwest Region. From the headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., Lohoefener oversees Service programs in California, Nevada, and Klamath Basin that administer the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and manages 51 national wildlife refuges, and three national fish hatcheries. The Service established the California, Nevada Operations Office in 1998 in recognition of the unique natural resource challenges facing California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin. Many of these challenges evolve from the inherently rich biodiversity of this area, coupled with many of the fastest growing communities in the nation. The CNO was renamed Region 8 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in November 2007. In Region 8, decision-making is placed at the local level, where managers are in a better position to develop partnerships with external groups and organizations. Prior to coming to Sacramento, Lohoefener served as the regional director of the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, based in Portland, Ore. Lohoefener joined the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1989 after working for six years as an ecologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Before that, he was a Research Associate and Adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University. Since joining the Fish and Wildlife Service, Lohoefener has been a field biologist, the agency's Texas State Administrator and Assistant Regional Director of the agency's Southwest Region. He served as the Service's Assistant Director for the Endangered Species Program in Washington D.C. A native of Kansas, Lohoefener received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and his Doctorate degree from Mississippi State University. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Lohefener believes that cooperation and collaboration are essential to all conservation efforts.
Vice Chair, Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
Senator Bob Margett was elected to represent the 29th Senate District in November 2000. He served in the State Assembly, representing the 59th Assembly District from 1995-2000. Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Margett served as both Mayor and Councilman of the City of Arcadia and as Chairman of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority. The newly redrawn 29th district includes the cities of: Arcadia, Bradbury, Brea, Charter Oak, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, La Crescenta-Montrose, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Verne, Mayflower Village, Monrovia, North El Monte, Placentia, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, Walnut and Yorba Linda. It also includes portions of Anaheim, the Angeles National Forest, Citrus, City of Industry, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights. Senator Margett serves on the following committees: Local Government (Vice Chair), Public Safety, Budget and Fiscal Review, Labor and Industrial Relations, Governmental Organization, and Agriculture and Water Resources, as well as several select committees.
Vice-Chair, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
Assemblyman Bill Maze was first elected in November 2002 to represent the 34th District, which includes the counties of Tulare, Inyo, Kern and San Bernardino. Assemblyman Maze was handily reelected by greater than 70% of the voters in 2004. Since being elected, Assemblyman Maze has served on the Assembly Budget Committee and the Health Committee. Assemblyman Maze also presently serves as Vice Chair of the Agriculture Committee, the Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Business and Professions Committee. The Assembly Speaker also appointed Maze to numerous Select Committees, most recently the Select Committee on Foster Care, where he serves as Vice Chair. Prior to serving in the State Legislature, Assemblyman Maze was the former Chairman and member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors where he served for three terms (10 years). Former Chairman and member of the Economic Development Corporation and Business Incentive Zone Council. Past Director of California State Association of Counties, Visalia Chamber of Commerce, Pro Youth Visalia, Inc., and the Boys & Girls Club. Past Member of the Central California Resource Advisory Council for the Federal Bureau of Land Management, CA Farm Bureau and Woodlake Rotary Club. US Army Veteran Graduated from California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo in 1968. Married to Rebecca. Bill and Becky have four sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.
Rodney R. McInnis
Acting Regional Administrator National Marine Fisheries Service
Rod McInnis is currently the acting Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (a.k.a. NOAA Fisheries) Southwest Region which encompasses the States of California, Arizona, and Nevada. Mr. McInnis has 25 years of experience in conservation and management of living marine resources in the Pacific in his work for NOAA Fisheries and the Pacific Fishery Management Council. He has broad experience as an administrator and regulator in implementing the major Federal statutes and policies related the conservation of living marine resources, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. He has managed programs for fisheries observers, regulation formulation and writing, environmental impact analysis, habitat conservation, fishery management, and conservation of protected species. As the acting Regional Administrator, McInnis has represented NOAA Fisheries and the US in international negotiations with Pacific Island nations and Latin American nations and has participated in bilateral fisheries cooperation talks with several Pacific Rim nations.
Sacramento Valley Region
Alfred Montana is Chairman of the Board of Feather River State Bank in Yuba City. He served on the Board of Directors for the California Rice Industry Association from 1991-1996. Montna is a member of the Agricultural Task Force for Resource Conservation and Economic Development, the Agricultural Network, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's College of Agriculture Advisory Council. He is the California delegate from the U.S. Rice Producers' Group to the USA Rice Federation, where he is the Chairman of the Waterfowl Committee.
Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation's Mid Pacific Region
Kirk Rodgers is the Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region. Appointed to this position in February 2002, he is responsible for one of Reclamation's best-known projects -- California's Central Valley Project (CVP), the Nation's largest irrigation project. Rodgers joined Reclamation in July 1973. During his tenure, several major water management issues have been finalized. These include: the decision to dedicate 800,000 acre-feet of water for fish and wildlife restoration under the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA); release of the CVPIA's Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement; and beginning re-negotiation of long-term water contracts for CVP water issues. Rodgers also oversees Reclamation's involvement in the California Bay-Delta Program.
Department of the Interior
Ken Salazar, a fifth generation Coloradan, was confirmed as the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on January 20, 2009, in a unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate. Prior to his confirmation, Salazar served as Colorado's 35th United States Senator, winning election in November 2004. In the Senate, he served on the Finance Committee, which oversees the nation's tax, trade, social security and health care systems. He also served on the Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources, Ethics, Veterans Affairs and Aging Committees. As a U.S. Senator, Salazar was a leader creating and implementing a vision for a renewable energy economy that is less dependent on foreign oil. He was involved in every major bipartisan legislative effort on energy since 2005, including helping craft the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007. Salazar has been a champion for farmers, ranchers and rural communities, leading efforts to pass the 2007 Farm Bill and to create food and fuel security for America. From 1999 to 2004, Salazar served as Colorado's 36th Attorney General, winning statewide elections in 1998 and 2002. From 1987 to 1994, Salazar served in the Cabinet of Governor Roy Romer as chief legal counsel and executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, where he crafted reforms for oil, mining and gas operations to better protect the environment and the public. He fought to uphold Colorado's interstate water compacts, created the Youth in Natural Resources program to educate thousands of young people about Colorado's natural resources and authored the Colorado constitutional amendment creating Great Outdoors Colorado. He served as the first chairman of that movement, helping make it one of the most successful land conservation efforts in the United States. Secretary Salazar's family settled in the American West before the United States was a country. After settling in New Mexico four centuries ago, his family planted roots in Colorado's San Luis Valley, where they have farmed and ranched the same land for five generations. Raised on a remote ranch without electricity or telephone, Salazar learned the values of hard work, family and faith. Thanks to his parents’ lessons, he and his seven brothers and sisters all became first generation college graduates. A farmer for more than 30 years, Salazar was a partner with his family in El Rancho Salazar. Salazar worked for 11 years as a water and environmental lawyer with some of the top firms in the West. During his time in the private sector and as Colorado’s Attorney General, Salazar worked on cases from the trial courts to the Colorado and United States Supreme courts. He received a political science degree from Colorado College in 1977, and graduated with a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1981. He also received honorary doctorates of law from Colorado College in 1993 and the University of Denver in 1999.
California Department of Health Services
Sandra Shewry was appointed as Director of California's Department of Health Services in March 2004. As Director, she manages one of the largest state departments in California with a budget of $32 billion and 6,000 employees. Ms. Shewry administers public health, education, disease-prevention, and health protection programs for 35 million Californians, and administers the State's Medicaid Program (Medi-Cal) providing health care services to six million individuals annually.
California Department of Water Resources
Lester A. Snow, an experienced California Water policymaker and leader of public water agencies in the West, was appointed Director of the California Department of Water Resources by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2004. Snow has experience as a water agency manager at the regional, state and federal levels. He was the Executive Director of CALFED, now the California Bay-Delta Authority, from 1995 – 1999. He left CALFED to become regional director for the Bureau of Reclamation, a post he held for almost two years. Immediately prior to joining DWR, Snow was a water consultant in the private sector. Snow's prior experience included six years with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, including four years as Tucson area director. In both posts, he dealt with Colorado River water issues. Snow earned a Master of Science in Water Resource Administration at the University of Arizona and a bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from Pennsylvania State University.
Chair, Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
Darrell Steinberg was elected on November 7, 2006 to the California State Senate, representing the 6th District, which includes the capital city of Sacramento, parts of Elk Grove and Citrus Heights. Steinberg is the chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Health Committee, the Environmental Quality Committee, the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources. Steinberg also chairs the Senate Select Committee on High School Graduation. In addition, Steinberg is a Senate appointee to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (chair), the Wildlife Conservation Board, the California Ocean Protection Council and the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism (chair). Prior to his election to the State Senate, Steinberg served three terms representing the 9th District of the State Assembly, which includes most of the capital city of Sacramento. He is the author and co-proponent of Proposition 63, the mental health initiative that was approved by more than 5.6 million California voters on November 2, 2004. Proposition 63 will finally fulfill the promise made by Governor Reagan in 1968 when California closed most of its mental hospitals and pledged to replace them with a community-based system of treatment, prevention and support services. It will generate more than $1 billion per year in state and federal funds to establish mental health programs throughout the state based on the highly successful AB 34 and AB 2034 programs that Steinberg authored earlier. Steinberg's hard work and dedication in the Assembly brought him an array of public recognition. He was honored in California Journal's biennial "Minnie Awards", which recognize legislators who represent "a pattern of conduct, an outlook and demeanor that exemplifies the best kind of public service". The nonpartisan magazine named Steinberg "Assemblymember of the Year" for 2004 and also honored him as the Assembly's top member in the categories of integrity, best problem-solver, and hardest working.
Acting Regional Administrator Environmental Protection Agency
Laura Yoshii is acting as the Regional Administrator of EPA's Pacific Southwest Office until a permanent Administrator is appointed to the position. Ms Yoshii has served as the Deputy Regional Administrator since 1996. She provides guidance and oversight for cross-media regional priorities: US/Mexico Border, energy and climate, tribal programs, environmental justice (EJ), and human resources efforts. She represents the Region at the National level through various forums: Human Resources Council, Indian Program Policy Council, Innovation Action Council and EJ Executive Steering Committee. She began her career as a Presidential Management Intern in 1978. Through this two-year program, she completed various rotational assignments throughout the Agency. She started her permanent career with Region 9 as a program coordinator for the Hazardous Waste Management Division. In 1981, she moved into the management ranks as the Section Chief for RCRA Hazardous Waste Programs implementing RCRA Hazardous waste and solid waste programs. In 1985, she became Branch Chief of the Pesticides and Toxics Office where she implemented pesticides and TSCA programs. In 1986, through an intergovernmental personnel assignment, she served as the Director, California Toxic Program Planning, Policy and Evaluation Division, CA Department of Health Services. She helped establish California’s hazardous waste program. She was responsible for policy and legislation development, implementation, program monitoring and evaluation, and Division-wide organizational development. She returned to EPA in 1988 to become the Deputy Director, Office of Waste, Hazardous Waste Management Division. She was promoted to Director of Waste Programs in 1995 and responsible for the overall management of the RCRA hazardous waste, solid waste, underground storage tank programs and Region 9’s pollution prevention efforts. In 1996, she became the Director of the Cross Media Division where she was responsible for the overall management of the pesticides and toxic programs, National Environmental Policy Action reviews and federal facility compliances, outer Pacific Islands multi-media environment programs, Tribal programs, Environmental Justice and community based environmental projects.