Governor Newsom announces appointments 6.30.21

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Shereen D’Souza, 43, of Oakland, has been appointed assistant secretary for climate policy and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency. D’Souza has been an Environmental Protection Specialist for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 since 2019. She was a consultant from 2017 to 2019 and from 2010 to 2013, Foreign Affairs Officer for the department of State from 2013 to 2017 and director of the California Food and Justice Coalition from 2008 to 2010. D’Souza was the Urban Gardens Program Manager based in Oakland from 2004 to 2007 and a volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Honduras from 2001 to 2004. She obtained a master’s degree in environmental science. from Yale University. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 164,160. D’Souza is a Democrat.

Caroline Thomas Jacobs, 48, of El Cerrito, has been appointed director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety at the California Natural Resources Agency. Thomas Jacobs has been the Director of the California Public Utilities Commission Forest Fire Safety Division since 2019. She held several positions in the Governor’s Emergency Services Office from 2014 to 2019, including Head of Headquarters Operations. Statewide Data Sharing Intervention and Coordinator. She was Regional Project Manager for the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative at the California Resiliency Alliance from 2013 to 2014 and East Bay Hub Planner in the Contra Costa County Sheriff‘s Office, Emergency Services Division in 2013. Thomas Jacobs was a consultant for emergency preparedness services. from 2010 to 2013 and Senior Manager for Worldwide Apple Retail Service from 1999 to 2007. Thomas Jacobs received a Master of Arts in Feminist Studies from San Francisco State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $ 191,016. Thomas Jacobs is a Democrat.

Zoe Heller, 41, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of policy development and analysis in the California Department of Recycling and Resource Recovery. Heller has been the Deputy Director of Policy Development for the California Department of Recycling and Resource Recovery since 2017. She held several positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 from 2012 to 2017, including that of Director of the Zero Waster Section, Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator and Environmental Protection Specialist in the Environmental Justice Section. Heller was a research and policy analyst for the Center for Neighborhood Technology from 2004-2006. She received a master’s degree in public policy from Roosevelt University. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 135,456. Heller is a Democrat.

Francesca Negri, 59, of West Sacramento, has been reappointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she has held this position since 2016. Negri has served as Head of the California Department of Transportation, Division of Procurement and Contracts from 2010 to 2016. She was head of human resources at the California Department of Motor Vehicles from 2009 to 2010 and held several positions at the California Department of Transportation from 1998 to 2009, including deputy head of the human resources division, head of classification office. and Hiring, Return to Work and Workers’ Compensation Program Division Manager and Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 184,488. Negri is a Democrat.

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