Governor Brown Announces Appointments


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Karen Douglas, 39, of Davis, has been appointed to the California Energy Commission, where she has served in multiple positions since 2008, including lead commissioner for siting issues and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Douglas was director of the California Climate Initiative for the Environmental Defense Fund from 2005 until 2008. She worked at the Planning and Conservation League from 2001 until 2005, where she served as acting executive director and general counsel. Douglas earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School and a Master of Public Policy degree in environmental policy from the University of Colorado. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Douglas is a Democrat.

Carla Peterman, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission. Peterman has served as a member of the California Energy Commission since 2011, where she was lead commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas and the 2012 Independent Energy Policy Report. She also served as a committee member in a number of power plant siting cases and was the Energy Commission’s representative on the Western Interstate Energy Board, the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Board and the State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development Corporation Board. Peterman conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute from 2006 to 2011 and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2008 to 2010. She also served on the board of directors for The Utility Reform Network from 2008 to 2011. Peterman was an environmental business analyst at Isles Inc. from 2004 to 2005 and an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers from 2002 to 2004. Peterman will complete her doctoral studies this year in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Peterman earned a Master of Science degree in environmental change and management and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Peterman is a Democrat.