Tamminen to Head Cal-EPA

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Nov. 14, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Governor-elect Schwarzenegger announced appointments to California's Environmental Protection Agency on November 12th. Terry Tamminen, an independent, will take the lead post as secretary, James Branham as undersecretary, and Maureen Gorsen, deputy secretary for law enforcement and counsel. Only Tamminen's appointment requires senate confirmation.

A veteran environmentalist for 30 years, Tamminen leaves his post as executive director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica. He previously founded and directed Santa Monica Baykeeper and co-founded Waterkeeper programs in San Diego, Orange County, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Branham has been appointed to a position he has held before undersecretary of Cal-EPA. Presently the chief spokesman for Pacific Lumber Company, a northcoast firm, Branham also served as chief deputy director of the Department of Forestry and state Senate staff member.

A partner at Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava, MacCuish LLP, Gorsen has been a corporate advisor to developers on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the state's Endangered Species Act, and other statutes affecting public, industrial and residential landuse. She was also a former deputy resources secretary and general counsel under Governor Wilson.
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