Governor Newsom announces appointments 10.14.21
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
E. Joaquin Esquivel, 39, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum. Esquivel has been a member of the State Water Resources Control Board since 2017 and Chairman since 2019. He was Assistant Secretary for Federal Water Policy at the California Natural Resources Agency from 2015 to 2017, Research Assistant, Legislative Assistant and Legislative Assistant for Native American. , Water and Agriculture Issues and Director of Information and Technology in the office of US Senator Barbara Boxer from 2007 to 2015. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Esquivel is a Democrat.
Jessica Neuwerth, 31, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council and the Salinity Control Forum. Neuwerth has been Deputy Director of the Colorado River Board of California since 2020. She was an environmental scientist at the Colorado River Board of California from 2014 to 2020, laboratory technician at the Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company from 2013 to 2014, Forest Ecology Field Technician at Forest and Fire Ecology Lab at the University of Wyoming and Sagebrush Research Assistant at the Botany Lab at the University of Wyoming in 2013, and Research Assistant in Stream Ecology at the Stream Ecology Lab at the University of Wyoming from 2012 to 2013. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Neuwerth is a Democrat.
Cindy Elias, 44, of San Francisco, has been appointed special advisor to the labor commissioner in the labor commissioner’s office in the industrial relations department. Elias has been an attorney with the Bureau of Field Enforcement in the Office of the Labor Commissioner since 2018 and a Police Commissioner with the San Francisco Police Department since 2018. She was an attorney with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office from 2006 to 2018. Elias was a Senior Legal Analyst at the State Public Defender’s Office from 2005 to 2006, and Certified Legal Scholar at the Women’s Empowerment Rights Clinic in 2004. She received a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the Philippine Bar Association of Northern California and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 161,256. Elias is a Democrat.
Daniel Muallem, 60, of Rocklin, has been appointed assistant secretary and chief counsel for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Muallem has been Deputy Chief Counsel at the California Department of Veterans Affairs since 2019. He was Senior Senior False Claims Attorney at the California Department of Insurance from 2018 to 2019. He was Deputy Attorney IV at the California Department of Transportation from 1997 to 2018 Muallem was legal advisor to the Fair Political Practices Commission from 1994 to 1997. He obtained a Juris Doctor from the New York Law School. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 191,880. Muallem is a Democrat.
Henry C. Hansel, 73, of Santa Rosa, has been reappointed to the board of directors of California Consumer Motor Vehicle Recovery Corporation, where he has served since 2012 and has been an independent director of Hennessy Advisors, Inc. since 2001. Hansel has served as Owner and chairman of the Hansel Auto group since 1973. He is a founding director of Bank of Petaluma and is a member of the advisory board of US Bank San Francisco, Rebuild North Bay. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Hansel is a Democrat.