Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 2.8.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Jeanne Rizzo, 75, of Tiburon, has been named chair of the California Environmental Safety Board. Rizzo was President and CEO of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners from 2001 to 2019 and Co-Chair of the Federal Advisory Board of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Breast Cancer and Environmental Research from 2010 to 2013. She has served on and served as Chair of the California Breast Cancer Research Program Board from 2008 to 2011. Rizzo owned JR Productions and Great American Music Hall from 1972 to 2001. Rizzo is a member of the Seventh Generation Social Mission Board. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $171,590. Rizzo is a Democrat.

Sushma Bhatia, 43, of Cupertino, has been named to the California Environmental Safety Board. Bhatia has served as Head of Strategy and Operations for Google since 2019. She was Senior Head of Business Strategy at Accenture from 2014-2019 and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Dreeya from 2013-2016. toxic substances for the San Francisco. Department of Environment from 2011 to 2013, where she served as Director from 2003 to 2011. She was an Air Quality Engineer at BlueScape Environmental Inc. from 2001 to 2003. Bhatia earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California. This position requires Senate confirmation and the salary is $83,153. Bhatia is a democrat.

Alexis Strauss Hacker, 65, of Piedmont, has been appointed to the California Environmental Safety Board. Hacker held several positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1979 to 2019, including acting regional administrator, deputy regional administrator, director of the regional water division, and environmental protection specialist. Hacker is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Quality Monitoring Board. She earned a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. This position requires Senate confirmation and the salary is $83,153. Hacker is registered without party preference.

Xochitl Carrion, 42, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the California Law Revision Commission. Carrion has been a senior attorney at ALTO Alliance LLC since 2022, where she served as staff attorney from 2021 to 2022. Carrion served as an assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from 2015 to 2021 and an associate at Goldfarb & Lipman LLC from 2007 to 2015. Carrion earned a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Carrion is a Democrat.

David Huebner, 61, of Palm Springs, has been appointed to the California Law Revision Commission. Huebner has been an arbitrator and mediator, affiliated with JAMS, since 2017. He was a partner at Arnold & Porter from 2014 to 2016. Huebner served as United States Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa from 2009 to 2014 He was an Associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP from 2005 to 2009. Huebner was Adjunct Professor at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California from 1999 to 2007. He was an Associate at Coudert Brothers from 1992 to 2005, where he also served as its Chairman and CEO. Huebner earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Huebner is a Democrat.

Mohamed Abousalem, 54, of San Jose, has been appointed to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Abousalem has served as vice president for research and innovation at San Jose State University since 2019. He served as associate vice chancellor of research for industrial alliances and technology commercialization at the University of Santa Cruz from 2016 to 2019. Abousalem was President and CEO of Tecterra Inc. from 2010 to 2016. He held several positions at Hemisphere GPS from 2010 to 2017, including Vice President of Corporate Development and Human Resources and Vice -president of marketing and business development. Abousalem held several positions at Magellan Corporation between 1998 and 2007, including Senior Director of OEM Solutions, Senior Director of Global Engineering, Director of Marketing, and Director of OEM Marketing. He was Director of Research and Development at Position Inc. from 1997 to 1998. Abousalem was Senior Geomatics Engineer at NCS International from 1996 to 1997. He was Geomatics Engineer at Pulsearch Navigation from 1993 to 1996. Abousalem was earned a Master of Science in Surveying Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Abousalem is a democrat.

Marvin Southard, 72, of Avila Beach, has been appointed to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Southard was a professor of practice at the University of Southern California from 2015 to 2019. He served as the director of mental health for Los Angeles County from 1998 to 2015. Southard served as the director of mental health for the county of Kern from 1993 to 1998. He was vice president of clinical programs at El Centro Human Services Corporation from 1982 to 1991. Southard was director of substance abuse programs at Catholic Social Services from 1975 to 1980. He earned a master’s degree in well -Social Being in Community Organization and Social Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Southard is a Democrat.

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