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Brown Names Members Of Administration

Gov. Jerry Brown is naming a handful of people to lead his administration's employment and environmental departments.

Brown announced Wednesday that he is retaining Mary Nichols as head of the California Air Resources Board, where she has served since 2007 under Schwarzenegger.

He also appointed former state Assemblyman John Laird of Santa Cruz as secretary of the California Resources Agency.


Brown named Marty Morgenstern, a longtime labor activist who worked under Brown in the 1970s, as secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

Ronald Yank, a retired labor attorney who has represented California's powerful prison guards union, was named director of the Department of Personnel Administration. All are Democrats.

Gov. Jerry Brown has named his former chief deputy in the attorney general's office as his top adviser and says wife Anne Gust Brown will serve in the unpaid role of special counsel.

Brown on Wednesday named Jim Humes as his executive secretary, a job formerly known as chief of staff. Humes previously worked for the Department of Justice under then-AG Bill Lockyer.

He also named senior PG&E Co. vice president Nancy McFadden to lead his legislation, appointments and policy division and Julie Henderson as senior adviser for policy.


The governor also named his communications team.

Brown says Gil Duran, the current press secretary for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, will be his press secretary. Duran worked for Brown when he was mayor of Oakland.