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Governor Newsom announces appointments 8.18.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Jamie L. Crook, 44, of Berkeley, has been named chief attorney in the civil rights department. Crook has served as Deputy Director of Dispute Resolution in the Department of Civil Rights since 2022. She served as Director of Litigation at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at University of California Hastings College of the Law from 2020 to 2022. Crook served as Senior Counsel. at the ACLU of Northern California from 2018 to 2020. She was an attorney at Relman Colfax LLC from 2015 to 2018 and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 2014. Crook was an associate at Relman Colfax LLC from 2010 to 2014 She was a consultant to the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa in 2010. Crook was a pro bono lawyer and Fulbright Scholar for the Southern Africa Litigation Center from 2009 to 2010. She was an Environmental Law Fellow at Altshuler Berzon LLP from 2007 to 2009. Crook was a Legal Assistant to the Honorable Richard Paez on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2006 to 2007. She is a Commissioner of the California State Bar Commission on judicial candidates. Assessed and a member of the Litigation Section of the Alameda County Bar Association and the California Lawyers Association. Crook earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $182,400. Crook is a Democrat.

Tyson Eckerle, 43, of Sacramento, has been named senior adviser for clean infrastructure and mobility in the Governor’s Office for Economic and Business Development. Eckerle has served as Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development since 2016, where he served as the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Project Manager from 2014 to 2016. He served as Director executive at Energy Independence Now from 2011 to 2014, where he was associate director from 2009 to 2011. He held several positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District from 2002 to 2007, including regulatory project manager, biologist, recruitment coordinator and environmental planner. Eckerle earned a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $153,360. Eckerle is a Democrat. Gia Brazil Vacin, 46, of Oakland, has been named deputy director of zero-emission vehicle market development in the governor’s office for business and economic development. Vacin has served as Deputy Assistant Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development in the Governor’s Office for Business and Economic Development since 2020, where she served as Project Manager for Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure from 2016-2020. was director of Brazil Vacin Consulting from 2013 to 2019. , partner at Blue Earth Consultants from 2010 to 2013 and project manager and environmental scientist at Leidos from 2002 to 2010. She obtained a Master of Science in Science and Management of environment from the University of California at Santa Barbara. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $137,868. Vacin is a Democrat.

Cheryl Wynn, 62, of Fontana, has been appointed technical advisor to the California Public Utilities Commission. Wynn has served as Acting Chief of Staff to Commissioner Shiroma at the California Public Utilities Commission since 2022, where she served as Senior Counsel from 2020 to 2022 and Senior Regulatory Analyst in the Energy Division from 2018 to 2020. She served as Director of ‘EnergyWynn LLC from 2013 to 2018 and Senior Residential Energy Efficiency Portfolio Manager at Southern California Edison from 2000 to 2013, where she was Manager of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs from 2000 to 2008. She earned an MBA of Business from Pepperdine University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,012. Wynn is a Democrat.

Yogita Thakur, 50, of Foster City, has been appointed to the California Dental Board. Thakur has been Chief Dental Officer at Ravenswood Family Health Network since 2016, where she served as Dental Director from 2010 to 2016. She was a Pediatric Dentistry Resident at the University of California, San Francisco from 2007 to 2010. Thakur is a Fellow of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Vidarbha Youth Welfare Society Dental College and a Master of Science in Dental Public Health from the University of Iowa. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Thakur is a Democrat.

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