October 29, 2015

Contact: Matt Lazier

Public Invited to Learn About Service on State Boards and Commissions Nov. 10 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil will discuss opportunities for serving on state boards and commissions and how volunteers are selected at a public forum Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center Pavilion.

The event — co-hosted by Cal Poly, the office of state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and the office of Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo — will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free parking will be provided in the K-1 lot.

California has hundreds of volunteer boards and commissions that keep state government moving by overseeing a wide variety of topics such as accounting, barbering, guide dogs, veterinary medicine, water quality and workforce investment.

Pasquil, who has served as appointments secretary since 2011, tours the state to explain the process and encourage people to participate and represent their communities.

Some positions are paid, but most are volunteer. Time commitments vary depending on the board or commission. Some boards meet four times a year, while others meet monthly.

Terms of service also vary. Some people serve two- or four-year statutory terms, some serve at the pleasure of the governor (which means they can be replaced at any time), and others need state senate confirmation.

Pasquil is a veteran political advisor and strategist who directed presidential, gubernatorial and local political campaigns across the nation. Prior to her appointment, she was chief of staff to Lt. Gov. John Garamendi. After Garamendi was elected to Congress in 2009, she was named acting lieutenant governor by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was the first time a woman, Asian Pacific Islander or Filipino-American served as the state’s No. 2 executive.

Anyone interested in applying for Boards and Commissions should visit

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