Linda Adams, former director of the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Adams oversees the environmental activities of the Air Resources Board, California Integrated Waste Management Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the approximately 5,000 employees that serve the state’s diverse environmental programs. Secretary Adams is the lead negotiator on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
During Ms. Adams’ 32 years of service to the State of California, she has acted in a number of key positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches. Ms. Adams joined Governor Davis’ staff in 1999 as Chief Deputy Legislative Secretary, where her primary responsibilities were negotiating legislation related to environmental protection and natural resources. After being promoted to Legislative Secretary, where she served as the Governor’s chief liaison to the Legislature, Ms. Adams retained her resources and environmental protection issues, while overseeing all legislative activities.