Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Governor Brown Names Three Lawyers to State Posts
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday named three lawyers to posts in state government.
The governor appointed Lauri Shanahan, 50, of Woodside, to the California State Personnel Board. Shanahan has been a principal of Maroon Peak Advisors, which advises retailers, since 2009 and before that held several positions during a 16-year career at Gap Inc., including chief administrative officer and chief legal officer.
She earned her law degree from UCLA and her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. She was admitted to the State Bar in 1987.
The position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $40,669. Shanahan is a Democrat.
The governor named Carol Monahan Cummings, 54, of Sacramento, to be chief counsel at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, where she has served since 2003.
She previously served as assistant general counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003, and deputy district attorney in Sacramento County from 1997 to 2001.
Cummings started her career as a lawyer in private practice, having been admitted in 1995 after earning her law degree from Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa. She had previously attended Santa Rosa Junior College.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,116. Cummings is a Democrat.
The governor also named Christopher H. Stevens, 49, of Sacramento, to continue as chief counsel at the Delta Stewardship Council, where he has served since 2010. He was chief counsel at the California Bay-Delta Authority from 2003 to 2010, general counsel at the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 2000 to 2003 and deputy legislative counsel at the Office of Legislative Counsel from 1997 to 2000.
Stevens is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. He was admitted in 1990 but was inactive from 1992 to 1997. His undergraduate degree is from UC Santa Barbara.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,504. Stevens is a Democrat.
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