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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


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Brown Taps Attorney for Commission on Credentialing


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday announced his selection of Los Angeles attorney Nancy Ramirez to join the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Ramirez, 46, has served as western regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund since 2007.

Prior to this, she was the executive director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice for two years, and managing attorney for four years.

The attorney worked as the assistant director of outreach with the California Complete Count Campaign from 1999 to 2000, and as Washington D.C. director for Rep. Loretta Sanchez from 1997 to 1999.

She was a staff attorney with MALDEF before that, and began her legal career as an associate attorney with Whitman & Ransom.

Ramirez was also an adjunct law professor at USC from 2003 to 2004 and served on the City of Monterey Park Personnel Commission from 2003 to 2008.

She was admitted to the State Bar in 1991 after attending UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School.

In other news, the governor selected Sacramento attorney Joan Markoff to be chief counsel at the Department of Personnel Administration.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $132,396.

Markoff, 52, joined the Department of Toxic Substances Control as senior staff counsel in 1991 and was promoted to assistant chief counsel in 2007.

She served as a deputy state public defender from 1988 to 1991 after spending two years as a deputy public defender in Solano County. She is a graduate of UC Davis, with a law degree from Santa Clara University, and was admitted to the State Bar in 1986.

Both Ramirez and Markoff are Democrats.


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