Commissioners

Pedro Nava Chairman

Pedro Nava, Chairman
D-Santa Barbara

Reelected to eight consecutive term as chair in March 2021. Government relations advisor. Former State Assemblymember from 2004 to 2010. Former civil litigator, deputy district attorney and member of the California Coastal Commission. Appointed by Assembly Speaker Emeritus John Pérez in April 2013 and reappointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in January 2017 and again in January 2021.

Sean Varner Vice Chairman

Sean Varner, Vice Chairman
R-Riverside

Reelected to a fifth consecutive term as vice chair in March 2021. Managing partner at Varner & Brandt LLP where he practices as a transactional attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, finance, real estate and general counsel work. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2016 and reappointed in January 2018.

Dion Aroner

Dion Aroner
D–Berkeley

Partner for Aroner, Jewel, and Ellis, a government relations firm. Former State Assemblymember from 1996 to 2002. Former chief of staff for Assemblymember Tom Bates, social worker for Alameda County and the first female president of Service Employees International Union 535. Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in April 2019.

David Beier

David Beier
D-San Francisco

Managing director of Bay City Capital. Former senior officer of Genentech and Amgen. Former counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in June 2014 and reappointed in January 2018.

Cynthia Buiza

Cynthia Buiza
Decline to State-Los Angeles

Executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. Former policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union, San Diego and policy and advocacy director at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. Appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in October 2018.

Bill Emmerson

Bill Emmerson
NPP-Redlands

Former senior vice president of state relations and advocacy at the California Hospital Association, State Senator from 2010 to 2013, State Assemblymember from 2004 to 2010 and orthodontist. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2018.

Assemblymember Chad Mayes

Assemblymember Chad Mayes
NPP-Yucca Valley

Elected in November 2014 to represent the 42nd Assembly District. Former member of the Yucca Valley Town Council and mayor. Appointed by former Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins in September 2015 and reappointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in January 2018.

Senator Dave Min

Senator Dave Min
D-Irvine

Elected in November 2020 to represent Senate District 37. Former law professor at UC Irvine, economic policy director for the Center for American Progress, senior economic policy advisor to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, and also worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in September 2021.

Senator Jim Nielsen

Senator Jim Nielsen
R-Gerber

Elected in January 2013 to represent the 4th Senate District. Farmer and rancher, as well as former chairman of the California Board of Prison Terms. Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in March 2019.

Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Assemblymember Bill Quirk
D-Hayward

Elected in November 2012 to represent the 20th Assembly District. Former climate change scientist at NASA and physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Appointed by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon in 2017.

Cathy Schwamberger

Cathy Schwamberger
NPP-Calistoga

Retired associate general counsel for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Former board member of the Civil Justice Association of California and the Capital Political Action Committee. Appointed in April 2018 by the Senate Rules Committee and reappointed in January 2019. 

Janna Sidley

Janna Sidley
D-Los Angeles

General counsel at the Port of Los Angeles. Former deputy city attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, vice president of communications at Pallotta Teamworks, and an assistant United States attorney of the criminal and civil division at the United States Attorney’s Office. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2016.

Vacant

Vacant