SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.
David Russell Hochschild, 41, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the California Energy Commission. Hochschild was vice president of external relations at Solaria Corporation from 2007 to 2012. He served as a San Francisco public utilities commissioner from 2007 to 2008. Hochschild was executive director at PV Now from 2006 to 2007, co-founder and director of policy at the Vote Solar Initiative from 2002 to 2006, special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown from 1999 to 2001 and program director at The President’s Award, Port Alfred, South Africa from 1996 to 1997. Hochschild earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Hochschild is a Democrat.
Janea Ashanti Scott, 39, of Arlington, Virginia, has been appointed to the California Energy Commission. Scott has been deputy counselor for renewable energy and special assistant to the counselor at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary since 2009. She served in multiple positions at the Environmental Defense Fund from 2000 to 2009, including senior attorney and staff attorney. Scott was an AmeriCorps member working on the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996 until 1997. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a Master of Science degree in earth systems from Stanford University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Scott is a Democrat.
Keith Boylan, 43, of Winters, has been appointed deputy secretary of veteran services at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Boylan has been government relations liaison at the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies since 2012 and government relations and community education manager at the Institute for Veteran Policy since 2008. He was owner and operator of Boylan Window Fashions from 2004 to 2008 and gulf war program coordinator at Swords to Plowshares from 1998 to 2003. Boylan was a tactical fire specialist in the U.S. Army from 1989 to 1992. He is a member of the American Legion and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $119,616. Boylan is a Democrat.
Melanie Perron, 32, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant deputy director of legislation at the California Department of Transportation. Perron has been legislative manager at the California Department of Conservation since 2010. She was legislative coordinator at the California Department of General Services from 2008 to 2010 and a legislative assistant at the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2007 to 2008. She was an executive assistant and scheduler at the Office of Assemblymember Rick Keene from 2004 to 2006. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $85,008. Perron is a Republican.
Anthony Sertich, 35, of Sacramento, has been appointed financing risk manager at the California Housing Finance Agency. Sertich has held multiple positions at the California Housing Finance Agency since 2004, including financing officer, financing specialist and financing associate. He was an actuarial analyst at Watson Wyatt Worldwide from 1999 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $99,996. Sertich is registered decline-to-state.