SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.
David Bunn, 55, of Davis, has been appointed director of the California Department of Conservation. Bunn has been associate director at the University of California, Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Office of International Programs since 2011 and a project director and researcher at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine since 2003. He served as deputy director at the California Department of Fish and Game from 1999 to 2003, principal consultant and legislative director in the Office of California State Assemblymember Fred Keeley from 1997 to 1999 and was co-founder and field manager at American Trash Management from 1991 to 1996. Bunn was environmental program director at the California Public Interest Research Group from 1987 to 1990, executive director at the California Agrarian Action Project from 1985 to 1987 and an associate consultant for the California State Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee from 1984 to 1985. Bunn earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in ecology and a Master of Science degree in international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $151,020. Bunn is a Democrat.
Ronald Davis, 45, of Visalia, has been appointed warden at San Quentin State Prison, where he has served as acting warden since 2014. Davis served as warden at Valley State Prison, Chowchilla from 2012 to 2014 and was chief deputy warden at Avenal State Prison from 2010 to 2012. He served in served in several positions at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2006 to 2010, including correctional administrator, facility captain and correctional captain. Davis was a business manager and correctional lieutenant at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 2002 to 2006, served in several positions at Salinas Valley State Prison from 1996 to 2002, including lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer and was a correctional officer at the California Correctional Training Facility, Soledad from 1994 to 1996. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $141,204. Davis is a Republican.
Eric Sklar, 52, of St. Helena, has been appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Sklar has been founder and managing partner at Cs2 Wines LLC since 2012 and president at Preslar Ventures Inc. since 2001. He was founder and managing partner at Alpha Omega Winery from 2005 to 2013 and served as a member of the St. Helena City Council from 2003 to 2010 and the City of St. Helena Planning Commission from 2002 to 2003. Sklar was chairman and chief executive officer at Infohaze Inc. from 1999 to 2001, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business from 1997 to 1999 and founder and chief executive officer at Burrito Brothers Inc. from 1989 to 1999. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Sklar is a Democrat.
Anthony Williams, 47, of Huntington Beach, has been appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Williams has been director of government relations at the Boeing Company since 2014. He served as policy director and counsel in the Office of California State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg from 2010 to 2014, was founding partner at Wada Williams Law Group LLP from 2006 to 2010, director of government affairs at the State Bar of California from 2004 to 2006 and principal consultant for California State Senate President pro Tem John L. Burton from 2000 to 2004. Williams was a consultant for the California Democratic Party from 2000 to 2004, senior legislative advocate at the Judicial Council of California from 1994 to 2000, senior consultant at Ernst and Young LLP from 1993 to 1994 and a capital fellow in the Office of California State Assemblymember Thomas Hannigan from 1990 to 1991. He is founder and president of Stand Strong Foundation Inc. Williams earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Williams is a Democrat.