SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on April 24 announced the appointment of Christine Hironaka, 27, of Piedmont as appointed deputy director of legislative affairs at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Christine Hironaka
Christine Hironaka

She has been a legislative assistant for California State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) since 2010. Hironaka was a volunteer coordinator for the California Senate Democrats in 2012 and a Senate fellow for State Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny (D-San Diego) from 2009 to 2010.

She is a member of the Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association, the California Democratic Party Resolutions Committee and the California Young Democrats, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.

CalRecycle brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship. Its vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the nation.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $75,000. Hironaka is a Democrat.

Clara Chiu
Clara Chiu

The governor also announced the reappointment of Clara Chiu, 50, of Alhambra to the California Volunteers Commission. She has been an executive assistant to the president and executive director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles since 2012. She was a development director at the Asian Pacific Community Fund from 2009 to 2012.

Chiu was an Advancing Justice Conference coordinator at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in 2009 and a senior community benefit specialist at Kaiser Permanente from 2008 to 2009. She was a senior director of operations and programming at the Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Los Angeles from 2002 to 2008 and an account executive at Coach Inc. from 1998 to 2001.

She is a member of the Great Leap Inc. Board of Directors and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Los Angeles Lodge Board of Associates.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Chiu is a Democrat.

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