Governor’s Appointment, Public Member
Terrence O’Brien, 65, of Sacramento, is a former deputy director of the California Energy Commission. He has worked as a consultant to the Bureau of Land Management on renewable energy issues and was a senior consultant at Environmental Resources Management until March of 2017. Mr. O’Brien spent five decades hiking in the Sierra as well as California’s other mountain ranges and deserts. He earned a master’s degree in geography from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California, Berkeley.
Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Wade Crowfoot was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 11, 2019.
Crowfoot brings more than 20 years of public policy and environmental experience to the office, with expertise in water, climate and sustainability issues. He most recently served as chief executive officer of the Water Foundation and led its transition into an independent organization early in 2017.
Prior to joining the foundation, he served in Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration as deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to the Governor, leading the administration’s drought response efforts. He previously served as West Coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a senior environmental advisor to then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency – Designee
Designee for Secretary of California Natural Resources
Jennifer Montgomery, 58, of Donner Summit, has been appointed director of the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force. Montgomery has served as the 5th District Supervisor on the Placer County Board of Supervisors since 2009. From 2000 to 2008, she owned her own business, “Three Sheets to the Wind”, which provided property management services to people in the Donner Summit area. From 1999 to 2000, she worked at the Sierra Business Council.
- Born February 11, 1961, Redwood City, CA
- Grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula, attended public schools, graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1979.
- Attended Mills College. 1979-1983. Graduated with honors and a Phi Beta Kappa membership, with a BA degree in Communications.
- After college, moved to San Francisco and worked for Bank of America.
- Spent 3 years in Europe, then moved to Placer County and obtained an AA degree in Ornamental Horticulture.
- Moved to Donner Summit (near Truckee, CA) to spend a winter as a ski bum-volunteered as a Firefighter, met my husband, fell in love and got married. Still happily married almost 26 years later!
- Served 10 years as a Placer County Supervisor representing the area from Auburn to Lake Tahoe.
- Hobbies and interests include: hiking, reading (especially science fiction), gardening and mentoring other women and girls.
Director, Department of Finance
Keely Martin Bosler
Director, Department of Finance
Keely Martin Bosler was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2018, and serves as the Governor’s chief fiscal policy advisor. Prior to her appointment, she served as Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Governor from 2016 to 2018. Director Bosler previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget at the Department of Finance from 2013 to 2016.
Bosler was Staff Director for the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee from 2010 to 2013, where she was a consultant from 2004 to 2009. She also served as Associate Director for fiscal services over the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Budget Management Branch from 2009 to 2010. She started her career at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, where she served as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst from 2000 to 2004.
Bosler is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business. She also holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.
Director, Department of Finance – Designee
Gayle Miller, Chief Deputy Director, Policy
Director, Department of Finance – Designee
Local Government Appointments
South Central Subregion
Tuolumne County Supervisor
Shasta County Board of Supervisors
Mary Rickert was elected to serve as District 3 Supervisor in 2016.
A 42-year resident of Shasta County, Mary has lived near McArthur since 1988. She attended California Polytechnic State University as a Dairy Science major and holds degrees in Business & Human Resources Management and Psychology from Simpson University. She is co-owner, with her husband Jim, of Western Agricultural Services, a farm management, appraisal, and real estate brokerage firm. They are also the majority owners of Prather Ranch, a nationally recognized, vertically integrated beef cattle operation. Mary and her husband Jim have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Mary has been an active volunteer in her community for many years, serving on the Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Advisory Board, the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, and the Farm Service Agency County Committee. In 2013 she was appointed to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection and served as the Range/Livestock representative until 2016.
Mary has a diverse background and experience in the area of agriculture, the timber industry and mental health. Her desire to improve local communities brings to the board her belief that the county must operate with fiscal responsibility, while maintaining a commitment to serve the needs of her constituents. Mary’s primary areas of interest are to improve public safety, streamline access to mental health and substance abuse services, and curb homelessness in Shasta County. Her strong background and passion for agriculture and forestry serve her well as the representative for District 3.
Nevada County Supervisor
Richard Anderson was elected to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors in 2012 and reelected in 2016. Prior to joining the Board, he served eight years on Truckee’s town council, two of those as mayor, and he has also served on the boards of the Truckee River Watershed Council, the Rotary Club of Truckee, California Trout, and the California Wildlife Foundation. He is an honorary board member of the Family Resource Center of Truckee. In his current capacity, Richard represents Nevada County on a number of advisory committees and commissions, including the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), the Truckee River Basin Water Group, the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, the Truckee Tahoe Airport Land Use Commission, and the Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee (a coalition of 28 stakeholder organizations that seek to accelerate the creation of workforce housing). He has served as a public representative on the Nevada County/Placer County Resource Advisory Committee of the U.S. Forest Service.
Richard is also the publisher and editor of California Fly Fisher magazine, which he launched in 1992. With a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Richard has professional experience as a private-sector land economist and public-sector land-use planner. He is a fourth-generation Californian and an avid angler, hiker, bicyclist, cross-country skier, and stillwater kayaker.
Mono County Supervisor
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, I work with my board colleagues and county staff to fulfill the Mono County mission to support our county’s communities by providing superior services while protecting our unique rural environment. I believe that local government functions best when it is inclusive, transparent and collaborative—that means taking a people-focused approach to policy, actively listening to residents, and partnering with other local agencies to address regional issues.
My professional experience as a nonprofit leader and background in communications, earned during 15 years in the Eastern Sierra as a teacher, entrepreneur, writer, publisher, and executive director, helped me develop the right skills and good judgment required for this office—view my LinkedIn profile for more information on my background.
I grew up in Lancaster, CA, making the drive up highways 14/395 for ski trips several times each winter as a kid. I was drawn back to the Eastern Sierra in my twenties and have lived in Mono County since then—like so many locals, I came to Mammoth for a season and ended up staying and making a home here. I live in Old Mammoth with my husband, Ron Cohen, and our two dogs (both from local animal shelters). I spend as much time as I can outside in the mountains, and caring for Mono County’s beautiful public lands is very important to me.
I feel fortunate to have built a rewarding career and a fulfilling life in this incredible place. As a county supervisor and the elected representative for District 5, I want all the citizens of Mammoth Lakes and all Mono County residents have the same opportunity to thrive. Working together, we can realize a vision of Mono County as a wonderful, wild, business friendly, and economically sustainable place to live and work.
North Central Subregion
Sierra County Supervisor
Madera County Supervisor
Tom has been a resident of Eastern Madera County for five decades, having moved to the area as a teenager in 1958. His family settled in North Fork a year later, and he has continued to live there ever since. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of two.
For 30 years, Tom managed the 4,500-acre Frank Wyle’s Circle W. Ranch. He also owns and manages his own, private business. He coached youth soccer for ten years. For more than eighteen years, has served as a trustee on various school boards including Sierra High School, North Fork Elementary School, and the Chawanakee and Minarets Boards. Tom is a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Education and was selected North Fork Citizen of the Year, chaired the North Fork Loggers Jamboree for a number of years, and won the Champion Logger title five times.
Tom was elected to the Madera County Board of Supervisors in 2006. Since then, he has strives to uphold his political ideology of conservation, property rights and common sense. Tom continues to support policies that help the people better their lives economically. He encourages business that brings well-paying jobs to our communities so young adults can afford to live here. He is also an adamant supporter of property rights.
In addition, Tom believes a person should give back to the community. As such, Tom has been involved in numerous committees and organizations. Over the last thirty years, he was elected President of the California Association Resource Conservation District and President of the Coarsegold Resource Conservation District. Tom has been a member of the Eastern Madera County Water Oversight Advisory Committee, The General Plan Update Committee, the North Fork Community Development Council, Farm Service Agency Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Mountain Area Youth Soccer League.
Governor’s Appointment, Public Member
Mr. Brissenden is the innkeeper of Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley, a destination resort near Lake Tahoe. He was elected to the Alpine Board of Supervisors and served from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Brissenden is a member of the Conservation Alliance, the Sierra Nevada Alliance, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Business Council, and the Sierra Club. He also serves as a member of the California State Parks OHV Commission. Mr. Brissenden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Governor’s Appointment, Public Member
Danny Wan has been port attorney for the Port of Oakland since 2012, where he was a deputy port attorney from 2004 to 2008. He was the city attorney for the City of Morgan Hill from 2008 to 2012 and a member of the Oakland City Council from 2000 to 2004. Wan was an associate attorney at Foley and Lardner LLP from 1996 to 2000 and at Carroll, Burdick and McDonough LLP from 1993 to 1996. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Senate Rules Committee Appointee
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy
University of California, Davis
As Professor Emeritus, Mr. Johnston continues to pursue four main areas of research:
- Urban growth analysis using his rule-based land use allocation model UPlan;
- Basic and applied research using various urban economic models and travel models on the Sacramento region;
- The review and critique of travel models and urban models for private and public clients; and
- The application of the PECAS model to California.
His major interests lie in open space and terrestrial habitat protection, transportation and land use modeling, and regional planning support systems.
Prior to his retirement, Professor Johnston taught courses in environmental planning, land use controls, environmental impact assessment, and urban modeling. He has an M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Nevada, a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. degree in Art History and Architecture from Dartmouth College.
He was recently a member of a National Academy of Sciences committee on regional travel modeling practice in the U.S. Johnston is on the boards of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the Sierra Nevada Alliance. He is also a Truckee Town Planning Commissioner.
Speaker of the Assembly Appointee
As Director of Low-Income Customer Access at L.A. Department of Water and Power, Susana Reyes uses equity as the foundation for developing strategies and initiatives that will allow low-income customers to effectively access energy and water efficiency programs and low-income discounts and rebates. Previously, she served as a Senior Analyst in L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainability Team where she ensured that policies and projects align with the goals of the Sustainable City Plan – a roadmap to the city’s environmental, economic, and equitable future. As the Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Liaison, she led the team which garnered a $1.6 million grant from the CA Air Resources Board for an EV car sharing pilot program in disadvantaged communities. Her career portfolio span across many areas including environmental justice, air quality, sustainable procurement, zero waste, and corporate performance measures. Previous stints included a pioneering role as Manager of the City of L.A.’s Facilities Recycling Program.
Susana Reyes is the current Vice President of the National Sierra Club Board of Directors and serves as a member of the first-ever all female Executive Committee in the organization’s 125 –year history. As a Sierra Club Board member since 2012, Susana has led numerous grassroots campaigns and has seen how an appreciation of public lands and resources threads its way through all levels of politics. She aims to lead a powerful and inclusive Sierra Club on a journey towards a clean energy future and a just and equitable environment for all. Susana has also been a board member of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters since 2004.
Susana graduated magna cum laude from Saint Paul College with a Communications degree and earned a Civic Engagement Leadership and Management certification from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Non-Voting Liaison Advisors
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Appointee
U.S. Forest Service
Current Position: Deputy Regional Forester for Resources for the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5), USDA Forest Services since July 2012. In this capacity Barnie oversees the areas of Program Development and Budget, Ecosystems Management, Ecosystems Planning, Information Management, and Tribal Relations. The 18 National Forests in California are collectively known as Region 5 of the National Forest System. Region 5 also includes responsibility and oversight of State and Private Forestry in Hawaii and U.S. territories in the Pacific.
Previous Positions: Barnie’s experience includes Deputy Director of Ecosystem Management in Region 5, Acting Director, Ecosystem Management, and work assignments as a Forest Supervisor, Deputy Forest Supervisor, District Ranger, Deputy District Ranger, and Resources Program Manager. Earlier in his career, Barnie worked as a Fisheries Biologist. He has extensive experience as a line officer and natural resources manager for the past 20 years working on eight different national forests and in four different regions.
Education: Barnie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from East Carolina University.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Appointment
U.S. National Parks
Jim Richardson grew up in Omaha Nebraska where he was an Eagle Scout, graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with majors in Business and Parks and Recreation. He worked in the Arapaho National Forest building trail, and taught skiing at Winter Park in Colorado. He was a law enforcement and emergency services ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Zion National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. He then made the jump to Park Superintendent serving at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam, and American Memorial Park on Saipan, and currently serves at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Jim is married to Cindy who is retired and has two adult daughters living in Santa Cruz and Nagoya, Japan. Jim likes to bike, hike, ski, and fish.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Appointee
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Este Stifel started her position in Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California State Director’s Office December 2010, after four years serving as the Lower Potomac Field Station Manager for the BLM-Eastern States.
In her role as Senior Technical Advisor, Este is charged with coordinating statewide strategic planning efforts; policy review and development; and issues and assignments that directly support State Director resource management initiatives.
Prior to joining the BLM, Este held several positions with The Nature Conservancy on the East Coast, including as the Southern Blue Ridge Project Director. She also held positions in the private sector in marketing and production.
So what spurred her to work for the BLM?
“A love of the outdoors made public land management a great fit,” she says. “I was intrigued by the multiple use mission of BLM. I was looking for a new challenge and BLM offered plenty of challenging opportunities.”
When she can, Este enjoys playing in the outdoors, including bicycling, kayaking and snowboarding. Her love of the outdoors also played a role in her moving out West.
“There are three reasons why I am thrilled to have joined BLM California,” she says. “One, the people; two, the variety of work; and three, the recreational options. The BLM staff in California are awesome; knowledgeable, dedicated and fun. The work variety will spin your head, and I love not knowing what new or different issue will pop up.”
Este grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia, and holds Masters of Environmental Management and Business Administration degrees from Duke University. Her undergraduate work in environmental studies was completed at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.