Governor Newsom announces appointments 7.19.21
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Lauren Sanchez, 31, of Oakland, has been appointed senior climate advisor in the governor’s office. Sanchez has been a senior advisor to the president’s special envoy for climate in the Biden-Harris administration since 2021. She served as assistant secretary for climate policy and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2019 to 2021 and director of international politics at the California Air Resources Board from 2018 to 2019. Sanchez was a climate negotiator at the US State Department from 2015 to 2017, on the Paris Agreement negotiating team. Sanchez is a Fulbright Fellow and earned a Master of Science degree from Yale University. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 162,060. Sanchez is a Democrat.
Pedro A. Galvao, 33, of Greenbrae, has been appointed deputy director of legislation in the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Galvao has been the Policy Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California since 2019, where he has held several positions since 2016, including Senior Policy Officer and Regional Planning and Policy Officer. He was a regional planner with the Association of Bay Area Governments from 2013 to 2016. He was a summer budgeting and policy analyst in the San Francisco office of Supervisor Jane Kim in 2012 and intern in law and policy matters in the office of San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu in 2011. Galvao was Field Organizer at Jane Kim for Supervisor in 2010. He was Founder and Executive Director of El Proyecto Voz Latina from 2009 to 2010. Galvao is a member of the Board of Directors of Housing Policy of SPUR and a member of the Board of Directors of TransForm. He obtained a Masters of Public Policy in Social and Urban Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $ 144,672. Galvao does not have the right to register to vote.
Tiena Johnson-Hall, 61, of Claremont, has been appointed executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency. Johnson-Hall has been Senior Vice President and Community Development Finance Manager at BBVA USA since 2014. She was Community Development Manager at Bank of the West in 2014. She was Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at US Bank from 2005 to 2013 and was Regional Director for Community Development at US Bank from 2003 to 2004. Johnson-Hall is a member of the board of directors of the California Housing Finance Agency and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Johnson-Hall has a master’s degree in business administration. from the University of Redlands. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $ 258,492. Johnson-Hall is a Democrat.
James B. Damrell, 49, of Sacramento, has been appointed Associate Chief Counsel in the California Department of Real Estate. Damrell was Deputy Commissioner of Legislation and Regulation in the Real Estate Department from 2020 to 2021. He was Vice President of Business Development at Peers & Co. from 2019 to 2020. He was Director of development at Panattoni Development Company from 2017 to 2019. Damrell was a consultant to the California Senate Research Office from 2015 to 2016. He was Assistant Attorney General in the California Department of Justice from 2002 to 2003. Damrell was a District Attorney at California Department of Human Services from 2007 to 2015, to Greenberg Traurig LLP from 2003 to 2007, to Duane Morris LLP from 2000 to 2002, and to McInerney & Dillon PC from 1999 to 2000. He received a JD from the Faculty of law from the University of Notre Dame. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 134,496. Damrell is a Democrat.
Sonja Palladino, 38, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant commissioner of legislation and regulation in the California Department of Real Estate. Palladino served as Assistant Director of Legislation in the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 2018 to 2021. She served as Legislative Director in the California State Assembly office, Todd Gloria, from 2016 to 2017. She has served served as Capitol Director in the California State Office. Assembly Member Susan A. Bonilla in 2016, where she served as Legislative Director from 2013 to 2016. Palladino served as Senior Legislative Assistant in the Office of the California State Assembly Bob Blumenfield from 2011 to 2012 and Legislative Assistant in the California State Assembly office Lori Saldaña in 2010 She served as Rotary International Fellow Ambassador in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008, legislative assistant in the office of California State Assembly Member Dave Jones from 2006 to 2008 and Deputy Director of Grassroots Campaigns in 2004. Palladino is a member of InterNations and the Sacramento Choir of the Valley. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 134,496. Palladino is a Democrat.