The California Coastal Commission has 12 voting members and 3 non-voting members. Six of the voting members are "public members," and six are local elected officials who come from specific coastal districts. All voting members are appointed either by the Governor, Senate Rules Committee, or the Speaker of the Assembly; each appoints four commissioners, two public members and two elected officials. Each Commissioner may appoint an alternate to serve in his or her absence. The Secretaries of the Natural Resources Agency and the State Transportation Agency and the Chair of the State Lands Commission serve as non-voting members and may appoint a designee to serve in their place.

Any written materials, including email, that are sent to commissioners regarding matters pending before the Commission must also be sent to Commission staff at the same time. The communication to the commissioner should clearly indicate that a copy is being sent to staff. All such communications are public records and will be made available for inspection at the appropriate Commission district office. The Coastal Act does not authorize Ex Parte communications that relate to alleged violations of the Coastal Act and such communications are not permissible.

Governor's
Appointments

Effie Turnbull-Sanders
Vice Chair

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Effie.Turnbull-Sanders@coastal.ca.gov

original appointment: 1/13/2014
recent appointment: 2/21/2017
end of term: serves at the pleasure of the governor

Senate Rules Committee
Appointments

Dayna Bochco
Chair

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202

Chair is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 5/20/2011
recent reappointment: 5/20/2015
end of term: 5/20/2019

Assembly Speaker
Appointments

Mary Luévano
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202

Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 8/31/2015
end of term: 5/20/2019

Donne Brownsey
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Donne.Brownsey@coastal.ca.gov

Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 2/21/2017
end of term: serves at the pleasure of the governor

Mary K. Shallenberger
Commissioner

P.O. Box 354
Clements, CA
95227-0354
(415) 904-5202

Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 11/22/2004
recent reappointment: 5/20/2013
end of term: 5/20/2017

Mark Vargas
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Mark.Vargas@coastal.ca.gov

original appointment: 4/24/2013
recent reappointment: 7/17/2015
end of term: 5/20/2019

North Coast
Representative

North Central Coast
Representative

Central Coast
Representative

Ryan Sundberg
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Ryan.Sundberg@coastal.ca.gov






original appointment: 3/16/17
end of term: serves at the pleasure of the governor

Aaron Peskin
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Aaron.Peskin@coastal.ca.gov

Only accepts requests from officials & planning staff representing Marin or Sonoma Counties


original appointment: 3/2/2017
end of term: 5/20/2019

Carole Groom
Commissioner

400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063


Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests







original appointment: 5/20/2013
recent reappointment: 5/31/2017
end of term: 5/20/2021

South Central Coast
Representative

South Coast
Representative

San Diego Coast
Representative

Erik Howell
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Erik.Howell@coastal.ca.gov

original appointment: 2/21/2014
end of term: serves at the pleasure of the governor

Roberto Uranga
Commissioner

333 W. Ocean Boulevard,
14th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-7777
Roberto.Uranga@coastal.ca.gov

original appointment: 3/18/2015
recent reappointment: 5/10/2017
end of term: 5/20/2021

Steve Padilla
Commissioner

City of Chula Vista
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Stephen.Padilla@coastal.ca.gov


original appointment: 5/31/2017
end of term: 5/20/2021

John Laird
or Thomas Gibson
Secretary, Non-voting

1416 Ninth Street,
Room 1311
Sacramento, CA
95814-5570
(916) 653-5656

Gavin Newsom
or Rhys Williams,
Jennifer Lucchesi
Chair, Non-Voting

100 Howe Avenue,
Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202
(916) 574-1800

Brian P. Kelly
or Jeremiah Ketchum
Secretary, Non-voting

915 Capitol Mall
Suite 350B
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-5400

Governor's
Appointments

Senate Rules Committee
Appointments

Assembly Speaker
Appointments

Vacant
Alternate for
Effie Turnbull-Sanders

Belinda Faustinos
Alternate for
Dayna Bochco

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Belinda.Faustinos@coastal.ca.gov

original appointment: 8/24/2011

Trent Orr
Alternate for
Mary Luévano

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Trent.Orr@coastal.ca.gov

original appointment: 9/3/2015

Vacant
Alternate for
Donne Brownsey

Randy Pestor
Alternate for
Mary K. Shallenberger

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202

Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 2/19/2014

Nidia Garcia-Erceg
alternate for
Mark Vargas

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202
Nidia.GarciaErceg@coastal.ca.gov

Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 9/16/2016

North Coast
Representative

North Central Coast
Representative

Central Coast
Representative

vacant
alternate for
Ryan Sundberg

Vacant
alternate for
Aaron Peskin

Maricela Morales
alternate for
Carole Groom

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202

Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 4/9/2013

South Central Coast
Representative

South Coast
Representative

San Diego Coast
Representative

Vacant
alternate for
Erik Howell










Vacant
alternate for
Roberto Uranga










Christopher Ward
alternate for
Stephen Padilla

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5202

Commissioner is not accepting
Ex-Parte requests


original appointment: 6/7/2017

Ex Parte Communication Requirements

As of January 1, 1993, significant new ex parte requirements affecting communications with Commissioners went into effect. (Public Resources Code, sections 30319-30324.) These stringent new provisions of law may have serious consequences. Anyone wishing to communicate with a Commissioner about any matter pending before the Commission should read and abide by the guidelines below. Please be advised that the Coastal Act does not authorize Ex Parte communications that relate to alleged violations of the Coastal Act and such communications are not permissible. The following guidance covers most of the new requirements.

  • No written materials should be sent to Coastal Commissioners unless the Commission staff receives copies of all of the same materials at the same time.
  • All materials transmitted to Commissioners should clearly indicate (e.g., on the cover page or envelope) that they have also been forwarded to the staff. Materials that do not show that copies have been provided to staff might not be accepted, opened or read by Commissioners. In these cases, no ex parte communication has occurred.
  • Messages of a non-procedural nature (e.g., substantive) should not be left for a Commissioner. These include telephone, FAX, telegraphic or other forms of message.
  • All oral or written communications of a non-procedural nature by an "interested person" that are not made according to the above procedures are ex parte communications which are prohibited unless publicly reported by the Commissioner. If the Commissioner does not report the communication, the Commission's action that was the subject of the communication may be revoked and penalties may result.
  • Coastal Commission decisions must be made on the basis of information available to all commissioners and the public. Therefore, copies of communications made to Commissioners that are forwarded to staff will be included in the public record. Public records are available for inspection at Commission meetings or in the Commission's office.

The purpose of these legal requirements is to protect due process and fairness in the Commission's decision-making process. Failure to follow them could lead to fines, revocation of permits and substantial costs. Click the link for a copy of the ex parte disclosure form. If you have any questions, you can contact Commission legal staff at (415) 904-5220.

Dayna Bochco is an attorney and sits on the Board of environmental groups such as Heal the Bay and Natural Resources Defense Council's Southern California Leadership Council. Dayna is a 25-year veteran TV producer and is President of Steven Bochco Productions. Prior to joining Steven Bochco Productions. Dayna was with Twentieth Century Fox Television. She was executive vice president of creative affairs from 1985 to 1988 and executive vice president of business affairs from 1980 to 1985.

Dayna began her career in the entertainment industry as a contracts attorney for ABC's legal department. She was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in drama and English. She earned a law degree from Loyola Law School.

Carole Groom was elected to the Board of Supervisors in June 2010 and served one year as President of the Board in 2011. Prior to Supervisor Groom’s appointment in 2009, she served nine years on the San Mateo City Council, including two terms as Mayor, and on the San Mateo Planning and Public Works Commissions.

Supervisor Groom’s legislative priorities include access to healthcare for all, environmental protection, maintaining and preserving our County’s parks, and growing our local economy.

In 2009 she originated “Streets Alive! Parks Alive!”, a countywide event for which she was awarded the 2012 Champion of the Community Award by the California Parks and Recreation Society.

She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans). In December of 2012, she was appointed to the California Coastal Commission by Assembly Speaker John Perez. Her professional experience includes 18 years as a Vice President of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She also volunteers on the Boards of Directors of the San Mateo Police Activities League, Community Gatepath, and Leadership San Mateo, and on the Advisory Board of Palcare, a non-profit school and childcare center. She resides in the city of San Mateo.

Mary Shallenberger grew up on a dairy farm in northern Ohio.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and headed to California.

Ms. Shallenberger worked for several years as a research assistant in the Biology Department at Stanford University and Stanford Research Institute before returning to school for an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.  Upon graduation Ms.Shallenberger moved to Sacramento and began a long public service career in environmental and natural resource protection.  She began as a Planner at the California Air Resources Board during the development of the first non-attainment plans and the creation of the Air Conservation Program.  She moved to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research where she developed administration policies on natural resource issues and programs.  Mary began work for the California State Senate in 1987 and was the Principal Consultant to the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee and then the Senate Agriculture and Water Resources Committee.  From 1994 until 2005 she was the special advisor to the Senate Pro Tem on policy and political issues related to natural resource and environment.  During her tenure in the Senate she was instrumental in nearly every major environmental bill that passed the Legislature 

Mary has balanced her work on natural resource protection with volunteer work with non-profit organizations dedicated to reproductive health care for women, locally and around the world.   She served as the Chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and of her local Planned Parenthood affiliate.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute, the Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte, and the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health.  Mary is Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and graduated.

Mark Vargas is a first generation American, born and raised in Southern California. Mark learned the joy of California's natural resources from his working class immigrant parents, who every year would load up their Honda Civic and take the family camping at state and national parks. These family rituals left a lasting impression on him that everyone deserves access to nature so they can develop an appreciation for stewardship and conservation. Mark works in the field of international trade and investment. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, registered with the United States Green Building Council. Prior to his private sector experience, he served in many public sector capacities, including as an aide to Congressman George Brown, as a Special Assistant to Governor Gray Davis, and as Southern California Director for Secretary of State Kevin Shelley. He is also the chair of the Los Angeles Unified School District Personnel Commission, and a board member of Ciclavia. Mark received his B.A. from the University of Southern California, with Honors, in Political Science and International Relations.

Ms. Faustinos was appointed as the Executive Officer of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (Rivers and Mountains Conservancy) in June of 2002. This agency's territory encompasses 68 cities and over 1,600 square miles in the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers Watersheds. The primary charge of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy is to acquire and manage public lands within the watersheds, provide open space, low impact recreational and educational uses, water conservation, watershed improvements, wildlife and habitat restoration and protection.

The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy has also developed three joint powers agencies to help achieve its mission. Of particular significance is the protection of three major sites on the San Gabriel River channel, El Encanto at the headwaters in Azusa, the Duck Farm just north of Whittier Narrows and the Bryant property in the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach, a total of 163 acres for less than $15 million. Additional grants will be awarded this September and October for new and continuing projects and land acquisitions.

Ms. Faustinos’ environmental experience started with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) in 1985 as the Budget Officer for that agency. She was promoted to Deputy Director in December of 1991. She also served as the Chief Deputy Executive Officer of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority and worked on open space policy issues in the Whittier/Puente Hills Corridor.

A native of southern California, Ms. Faustinos was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Pitzer College in Claremont in 1973. Post graduate education has included completion of courses offered by EPA and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Over the years she has received honors and certificates of recognition from several federal, state and local legislators and has participated in many civic and professional organizations.

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Commissioner Effie Turnbull-Sanders

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Commissioner Mary Luévano

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Commissioner Mark Vargas

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Commissioner Erik Howell

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Commissioner Roberto Uranga

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Commission Alternate Belinda Faustinos

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Commission Alternate Trent Orr

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Commission Alternate Sarah Glade Gurney

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Commissioner Aaron Peskin

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Commissioner Ryan Sundberg

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Commissioner Steve Padilla

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