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Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 12.1.20

Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 12.1.20


SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Katrina Salazar, 49, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the California Board of Accountancy, where she has served since 2012. Salazar has been Chief Financial Officer of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association since 2015. She was Chief Financial Officer at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges from 2010 to 2015, an Adjunct Accounting Professor at the Los Rios Community College District from 2007 to 2013 and a Senior Audit Manager for Reznick Group from 2003 to 2007. She is Pacific Regional Director for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s State Board Committee and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Salazar earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Drexel University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100. Salazar is a Democrat.

Rebecca Eisen, 71, of Oakland, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Eisen was a Member of the California State University Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2020. She was a Law Partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius from 2003 to 2015 and an Associate and Partner at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison from 1980 to 2003. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in English literature from San Francisco State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Eisen is a Democrat.

Melanie M. Shelby, 48, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the State Bar of California Board of Trustees. Shelby has been Managing Director at Gray, Greer, Shelby and Vaughn since 2008. She held several positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1998 to 2008, including Director of Supplier Diversity, Manager of Federal Governmental Relations and Regional Public Affairs Manager. Shelby is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Women Organized for Political Action, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the University of California, Los Angeles Black Alumni Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $50 per diem. Shelby is a Democrat.

Mark W. Toney, 60, of Oakland, has been appointed to the State Bar of California Board of Trustees. Toney has been Executive Director at The Utility Reform Network since 2008. He was Executive Director at the Center for Third World Organizing from 2002 to 2004. Toney was Executive Director at Direct Action for Rights and Equality from 1986 to 1994. He was Commissioner at the Rhode Island Energy Coordinating Council from 1992 to 1994. Toney was Lead Organizer at the Workers Association for Guaranteed Employment from 1982 to 1985. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Toney is a board member of the ACLU of Northern California, California Shakespeare Theater, Consumer Federation of California and the National Whistleblower Center. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $50 per diem. Toney is a Democrat.



Biographies of the Secretaries of State: George Pratt Shultz (1920–)

Biographies of the Secretaries of State: George Pratt Shultz (1920–)


George Shultz was named as Secretary of State by President Ronald Reagan on June 25, 1982. Following confirmation by the Senate, he assumed the office of Secretary on July 16, and he remained in that position until January 20, 1989.
George Pratt Shultz, 60th Secretary of State

Rise to Prominence

Born and raised in New York City, Shultz completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University in 1942. After serving with the United States Marine Corps Reserves in the Pacific theater during World War II, he pursued a Ph.D. in industrial economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his degree in 1949. From then until 1968, he taught economics at MIT and the University of Chicago.
His first experience in government came in 1969 when President Richard Nixonappointed him Secretary of Labor (1969–70), then Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970–72), and then Secretary of the Treasury (1972–1974).
After returning to private life, Shultz took up a position teaching management and public policy at Stanford University, and also served as Executive Vice President and President of Bechtel Corporation, and President of Bechtel Group, Inc.

Influence on American Diplomacy

As Secretary of State, Shultz played a crucial role in guiding U.S. diplomacy during his lengthy six and a half year tenure in office. Upon his confirmation, he inherited a number of foreign policy challenges, including war in Lebanon, delicate negotiations with the People’s Republic of China and the Government on Taiwan, and a ratcheting up of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.
Over the next several years, Shultz focused U.S. diplomatic efforts on resolving the conflict in the Middle East, defusing trade disputes with Japan, managing increasingly tense relationships with several Latin American nations, and crafting U.S. responses to the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev and the new Soviet policies of perestroika and opening to the West.
In part due to his collegial relationships with President Reagan and other members of the Administration, Shultz was able to exert considerable influence over U.S. foreign policy in regards to these issues. Although he was unable to forge a lasting resolution to the Middle East conflict, he negotiated an agreement between Israel and Lebanon and convinced Israel to begin withdrawing its troops in January 1985, in spite of Lebanon’s contravention of the settlement.
He completed the discussions between the United States and China, begun under Secretary of State Alexander Haig, which led to the joint communiqué of August 1982 that has provided stability for U.S.-Chinese relations ever since.
Shultz had not been able to halt the arms-for-hostages deals with Iran that provided funds for the Contras in Nicaragua, which he had opposed, but by 1988 he had helped to broker agreements that eased the disputes of Nicaragua’s civil war.
He had other successes in Latin America, but his crowning achievements came in regards to U.S.-Soviet relations. Through positive responses to the overtures of Gorbachev and his Foreign Minister, Eduard Shevardnadze, and through his own initiatives, Shultz helped to draft and sign landmark arms control treaties and other agreements that helped to diminish U.S.-Soviet antagonism.
As a result, under Shultz’s leadership, U.S. diplomacy helped to pave the way for the ending of the Cold War during 1989.

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