THE STEWARDSHIP OF CALIFORNIA'S NATURAL RESOURCES IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
California Secretary for Natural Resources
John Laird was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Jerry Brown on January5, 2011. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Laird served as city council member and mayor of Santa Cruz, California State Assembly Member, member of the State Integrated Waste Management Board, and has taught at UC Santa Cruz.
In his role as California's Secretary of Natural Resources, Mr. Laird has made climate change adaptation, water conservation and supply reliability, enhanced relationships with tribal governments, State Parks access, farmland conservation, and oceans sustainability among other issues top priorities. As Secretary, he provides administrative oversight to thirty departments, commissions, councils, museum, boards and conservancies-and is a sitting member of sixteen conservancies, councils, boards and commissions within the purview of the Agency. Lunch Provided.