Brown names Laird as Resources Agency Chief

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 7, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

John Laird, a democrat, has been appointed Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency.  As one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s cabinet members, Laird, a longtime environmentalist, will coordinate more than two dozen state agencies and commissions from state parks to water resources, forestry and recycling and will be instrumental in any programs involving extended producer responsibilities.

Laird, 60, has declined to discuss specific policy matters before convening with the new governor, but he says he looks forward to bringing his record of environmental activism to the new job.

Most recently, Laird taught in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz. He served six years in the State Assembly, from 2002 to 2008, and was the Assembly Budget Committee Chair from 2004 to 2008. Previously, Laird was a member of the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002. He was the Executive Director for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project from 1991 to 1993. Laird was Mayor and a City Councilmember for the city of Santa Cruz from 1981 to 1990.

The position – which pays about $175,000 a year – requires confirmation from the state Senate.

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