Governor Brown announces appointments: Karla Nemeth appointed deputy secretary for water policy, Kristopher Tjernell appointed special assistant for water policy, and Susan Tatayon appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council

From the Office of the Governor:

governor sealGovernor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments …

Karla Nemeth, 43, of Sacramento has been appointed deputy secretary for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. She will serve as the Governor’s senior advisor on water policy. Nemeth has served as Bay Delta Conservation Plan project manager at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2009. She was environmental and public affairs director at the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7 from 2005 to 2009 and community affairs manager at Jones and Stokes from 2003 to 2005. Nemeth was a legislative assistant at AESOP Enterprises from 2001 to 2003 and held multiple positions for King County, Washington from 1998 to 2000, including legislative assistant and program manager. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,000. Nemeth is a Democrat.

Kristopher Tjernell, 32, of Sacramento, has been appointed special assistant for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. Tjernell has been a policy consultant at the Conservation Strategy Group since 2007, in the areas of integrated water management, water supply, ecosystem conflict resolution and public finance. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $114,456. Tjernell is a Democrat.

Susan Tatayon, 55, of Rocklin, has been appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council. Tatayon has been an associate director at the Nature Conservancy since 2006. She was supervising resource planner at the Schlumberger Water Division from 2001 to 2005 and special assistant to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific regional director from 2000 to 2001. Tatayon served in multiple positions at the California Department of Water Resources from 1996 to 2000, including research program specialist and special assistant to the chief deputy director. She is a member of the Floodplain Management Association Board of Directors. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $40,669. Tatayon is registered without party preference. …

Source:  Governor Brown Announces Appointments

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