SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments:
Samuel F. Himel, 30, of Washington, D.C., has been appointed Special Advisor for Federal Economic Policy and Fiscal Issues in the Office of the Governor. He has been Special Advisor for the California Department of Finance since April 2020. Himel was a Law Clerk at Arnold & Porter from 2019 to 2020, where he was a Summer Associate in 2018. He was a Legal Extern at the Office of the New York State Attorney General in 2018 and a Legal Intern for the Office of Commissioner Terrell McSweeny at the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. He held multiple positions at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President from 2014 to 2016, including Research Assistant and Research Economist. He was a Research Assistant at the Institute for Defense Analyses from 2013 to 2014. Himel earned a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,004. Himel is a Democrat.
Paula LaBrie, 60, of Elk Grove, has been designated Chair of and reappointed to the California Gambling Control Commission, where she has served since 2017.