Governor Brown Announces Appointments


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

Janette Wipper, 44, of San Francisco, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Wipper has been a regional director at the U.S. Department of Labor since 2014. She was managing partner and counsel at Sanford Heisler LLP from 2006 to 2013, staff attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest from 2004 to 2006, assistant general counsel at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 2002 to 2004 and staff attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 1999 to 2002. Wipper earned a Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,008. Wipper is a Democrat.

Stacie Spector, 54, of El Cajon, has been appointed deputy director of strategic initiatives and external relations at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Spector has been principal at Spector Strategies since 2000. She was senior advisor for housing solutions for the Mayor of San Diego from 2016 to 2017, vice president of strategy and external relations for the Nutrition Science Initiative from 2013 to 2015, chief communications officer at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 2011 to 2013 and associate vice chancellor of communications and public affairs at the University of California, San Diego from 2004 to 2009. Spector was deputy campaign manager and director of strategic operations at Al Gore for President in 1999 and deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications at the White House from 1997 to 1999. She is a member of the San Diego Theatres Board of Directors and the State Bar of California Board of Trustees. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,008. Spector is a Democrat.