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Monday, August 22, 2011


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Governor Taps Two Attorneys for State Boards


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday tapped inactive Piedmont attorney Dan Richard to join the High Speed Rail Authority, and Joan Hancock of Sacramento for a post on the Contractors’ State License Board.

Compensation for each position is $100 per diem, and Hancock’s nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Richard, 60, has been a principal of Dan Richard Advisors since 2010. He was managing partner and co-founder of Heritage Oak Capital Partners, an infrastructure finance firm, from 2007 to 2009 and was senior vice president of public policy and governmental relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1997 to 2006.

He was an elected member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1992 to 2004, and served twice as president of the board.

Richard was a principal at Morse, Richard, Weisenmiller & Associates, a firm serving the independent power industry and project finance lending community,. from 1986 to 1996. He was vice president of Independent Power Corporation from 1983 to 1986.

During Brown’s first tenure as governor, Richard served as his deputy legal affairs secretary from 1982 to 1983 and deputy assistant for science and technology from 1978 to 1979. He was advisor to the chairman of the California Energy Commission from 1978 to 1982.

Richard began his career at National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he was assistant to the deputy associate administrator from 1972 to 1978.

The attorney was admitted to the State Bar in 1980 after attending the McGeorge School of Law.

Hancock, 58, has been the principal of Her Land & Co. Construction since 1983. She was a law clerk in the Sacramento County Office of the Public Defender from 1980 to 1982.

She is a certified mediator and received her law degree from Lincoln Law School.

Both Hancock and Richard are Democrats.


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