SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -– Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday announced the following appointments. First, Christine Baker, 62, of Berkeley, has been appointed director of the Department of Industrial Relations. Baker has been the acting director and chief deputy director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) since April 2011.
Baker has worked at DIR in multiple positions since 1984, and she was executive officer of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation from 1994 to April 2011. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,965. Baker is registered decline-to-state.
Alegria De La Cruz, 35, of El Cerrito, has been appointed supervising staff counsel at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. De La Cruz has been the legal director at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment since 2010 and served as a staff attorney there from 2009 to 2010. She was the directing attorney at the California Rural Legal Assistance from 2006 to 2009, and was a staff attorney there from 2003 to 2006.
De La Cruz received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $93,600. De La Cruz is a Democrat.