Secretary, Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
Matthew Rodriquez was appointed secretary for environmental protection by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011. As secretary, Rodriquez oversees six boards, departments, and offices within the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and advises the governor on environmental policy. Rodriquez comes to CalEPA with more than 25 years of environmental experience with the California Department of Justice. He formerly served as a deputy attorney general, specializing in land use and environmental law; chief assistant attorney general for the public rights division in 2009; and, prior to his role as secretary, acting chief deputy attorney general for Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.