SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday announced the following appointments. First, Jim Evans, 42, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy secretary for communications and strategic planning at the Business Transportation and Housing Agency.
Evans has been a consultant for Senator Mark DeSaulnier since 2009. He was communications director for Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg from 2006 to 2009 and communications director for Senator Joe Dunn from 2005 to 2006. Evans was a staff writer for the Sacramento Bee from 2003 to 2004, managing editor at California Journal from 2002 to 2003, a staff writer for the Sacramento News and Review from 2001 to 2002, and a staff writer at The Industry Standard from 1998 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,900. Evans is a Democrat.
Brian Kelly, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed undersecretary at the Business Transportation and Housing Agency. Kelly has been executive staff director for Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg since 2008. He was executive principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2004 to 2008, principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore John Burton from 1998 to 2004, and assistant consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Bill Lockyer from 1995 to 1998. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $172,992. Kelly is a Democrat.
Robert Zachary Wasserman, 64, of Oakland, has been appointed chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Wasserman has been a partner at Wendel Rosen Black and Dean LLP since 1996. He was a partner at Kennedy and Wasserman from 1984 to 1995. He is a member of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and he served as a commissioner for the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners from 1987 to 1990. Wasserman earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Wasserman is a Democrat.