CSLB Registrar and Board Members
CSLB’s 15-member Board appoints the executive officer, or Registrar of Contractors, and directs administrative policy for the agency's operations. Per Business & Professions Code §7002, the Board includes 10 public members (including one labor representative, one local building official, and one representative of a statewide senior citizen organization), and five contractors. Appointments are made by the governor and the state legislature. Board officer terms listed below are for the July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 fiscal year.
Cindi A. Christenson | Registrar of Contractors
Cindi A. Christenson became Registrar of Contractors on January 1, 2015. Ms. Christenson serves as CSLB’s executive officer, and oversees a $60 million budget and more than 400 employees at CSLB headquarters in Sacramento and 10 other offices around the state. She is the first female Registrar in CSLB’s 86-year history.
Ms. Christenson is a licensed mechanical engineer, and also has a law degree. Before joining CSLB in 2009 as Chief Deputy Registrar, Ms. Christenson was executive officer for the California Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1996 to 2009. From 1988 to 1996, she was that organization’s senior engineering registrar. She also worked with the state Department of Water Resources as an associate mechanical engineer from 1981 to 1988.
Ms. Christenson received her juris doctorate from the Lincoln Law School of Sacramento in 2003, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Eddie Lang | Chair | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Senior Citizen Organization
Eddie Lang, of Rancho Cordova, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2007, and reappointed in July 2010 and June 2014. Mr. Lang retired as supervisor of the Corporation Collections Unit for the California Franchise Tax Board, where he worked in various positions from 1980 to 2003. Previously, he was an adult education instructor for the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District from 1976 to 1982, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1980. Mr. Lang serves on the Board of Directors for the InnerCity Housing Corporation and HELPS Family Foster Agency, and is a member of the American Association of Retired People. Mr. Lang’s term continues through June 1, 2018.
Agustin “Augie” Beltran | Vice Chair | Senate Appointee | Public Member
Augie Beltran, of Oakdale, was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in January 2014. Mr. Beltran served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1985-1993. Since beginning his career as a carpenter apprentice, Mr. Beltran has worked in various facets of the construction industry for 25 years. Mr. Beltran has served on several government boards since 1997, including the Lathrop City Council from 2000-2004 and the Delta Protection Commission from 2002-2004. He currently serves as the President and Director of Public and Governmental Relations for the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. Mr. Beltran’s term continues through June 1, 2017.
Linda Clifford | Secretary | Governor Appointee | "A" Contractor Member
Linda Clifford, of Sacramento, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2013, and reappointed in June 2014. Ms. Clifford has been chief financial officer at C.C. Myers Inc. since 1986. She also held multiple accounting positions at Continental Heller-Tecon Pacific from 1972-1986. Ms. Clifford is Treasurer and a board member of the California Transportation Foundation, and Secretary and a commissioner at the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission. Ms. Clifford's term continues through June 1, 2018.
Kevin J. Albanese | Governor Appointee | "B" Contractor Member
Kevin J. Albanese, of San Jose was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2013. In 2014, Mr. Albanese took over as President and CEO of Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Prior to his current role, he spent ten years as Chief Operating Officer and served in a multitude of other management positions throughout the organization. In addition, Mr. Albanese graduated magna cum laude from the Santa Clara University School of Law and remains an active member of the State Bar. Mr. Albanese is a longtime member and past President of United Contractors and also serves as a management Trustee for the Operating Engineers Local 3 Trust Funds. Mr. Albanese’s term continues through June 1, 2017.
David De La Torre | Assembly Appointee | Public Member
David De La Torre, of San Bruno, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins in May 2015. Mr. De La Torre is secretary-treasurer of Laborers Union Local 261, representing 5,000 members in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. Mr. De La Torre is a third generation laborer who has worked for a variety of local and regional construction contractors. He was first elected as a union officer in 2005. Mr. De La Torre also serves as board president for the San Francisco chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and is a representative on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s 100% Renewable Energy Task Force. Mr. De La Torre’s term continues through June 1, 2016.
David Dias | Governor Appointee | Labor Member
David Dias, of Napa, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2011 and reappointed in June 2012. Mr. Dias has been a business representative for Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 104 since 2005, and previously was an apprentice instructor at Foothill Community College from 1998 to 2005, a field supervisor at Therma Inc. from 1997 to 2005, and a sheet metal worker foreman at RH Tinney from 1990 to 1997, after serving as an apprentice from 1986 to 1990. He is a trustee of the Bay Area Industry Training Fund, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and a member of the Joint Committee for Energy and Environmental Policy. Mr. Dias’ term continues through June 1, 2016.
Susan Granzella | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Susan Granzella, of Sacramento, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in October 2014. Ms. Granzella held several Visa, Inc. positions from 1996 to 2014, including senior director and vice president for technical documentation, and audit and compliance coordination for global development. Ms. Granzella's term continues through June 1, 2016.
Joan Hancock | Governor Appointee | "B" Contractor Member
Joan Hancock, of Sacramento, was appointed to CSLB by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2007, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011. Since 1983, Ms. Hancock has owned Her Land Enterprises, a general contracting firm. From 1977 to 1983, she co-owned Hancock & Colyer Construction. Ms. Hancock earned a Juris Doctorate in 1982, and a California State Teaching Credential in 1979. She also is a member of the Sacramento Mediation Center. Ms. Hancock’s term continues through June 1, 2019.
Pastor Herrera Jr. | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Pastor Herrera, of Los Angeles, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2010, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in June 2014. Mr. Herrera has been adjunct professor at the California State University, Northridge Department of Family and Consumer Sciences since 2011. He served in multiple positions at the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs from 1977 to 2010, including director, assistant director, head of staff services, head consumer affairs representative and consumer affairs investigator. He is a member of the University of California, Los Angeles Latino Alumni Association, National Association of Consumer Affairs Administrators, Consumer Federation of California, Los Angeles Financial Credit Union Board of Directors, National Consumers League, and a founding member of the Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers. Mr. Herrera’s term continues through June 1, 2018.
Robert J. Lamb II | Assembly Appointee | Public Member
Robert Lamb, of Cypress, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez in May 2006. Mr. Lamb is a certified plumber and pipefitter. He has been a member of the United Association for more than 30 years, has held numerous positions in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of construction projects. Mr. Lamb was the business manager and financial secretary/treasurer for the Plumbers and Steamfitters U.A. Local 582 in Santa Ana, and was also a representative for the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16. Mr. Lamb earned a Bachelor’s degree in Union Leadership and Administration from the National Labor College in Silver Springs, MD. He serves as an international representative for the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters. In October 2008, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass reappointed Mr. Lamb, and in 2012 Assembly Speaker John Perez reappointed Mr. Lamb for a term that continues through June 1, 2016.
Marlo Richardson | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Marlo Richardson, of Playa del Rey, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in June 2015. Ms. Richardson has been employed by the Los Angeles Airport Police Division since 1999 and is a lieutenant. She has an extensive background as a business entrepreneur with experience in the restaurant, real estate, home health care, import/export, and financial services industries, and mentors other business entrepreneurs. Ms. Richardson is an executive board member of the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club, and also is a member of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, and California Women Lead. Ms. Richardson’s term continues through June 1, 2016.
Paul Schifino | Governor Appointee | "C" Contractor Member
Paul Schifino, of Los Angeles, was originally appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2010, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2011. Mr. Schifino is owner and president of both Anvil Steel Corporation and Junior Steel Company. Mr. Schifino was a partner for the law firm of Schifino and Lindon from 1992 to 2006, associate attorney for Strook and Strook and Lavan from 1990 to 1992, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University from 1987 to 1989. He also is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Mr. Schifino and his wife are both ambassadors of the Weizmann Institute of Science, an international center of scientific research located in Israel. Mr. Schifino’s term continues through June 1, 2017.
Frank Schetter | Governor Appointee | "C" Contractor Member
Frank Schetter, of Sacramento, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2011. Mr. Schetter has been the CEO of Schetter Electric since 2006 and was president from 1983 to 2005. He is currently a governor of the National Electrical Contractors Association and a member of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Mr. Schetter’s term continues through June 1, 2019.
Johnny Simpson | Senate Appointee | Public Member
Johnny Simpson, of San Diego, was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in February 2015 and reappointed in July 2015. Mr. Simpson is the business manager/financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569, which represents over 3,100 electrical workers in San Diego and Imperial counties. A third generation IBEW wireman, Mr. Simpson graduated from the IBEW California Apprenticeship Program in 1981. He is highly involved in his community and has spent more than 20 years volunteering alongside IBEW 569 members to fix electrical systems in the homes of San Diego’s low income seniors, disabled veterans, and families. He also is a San Diego Electrical Training Center trustee; president of the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council; and vice president of the San Diego County Building Trades Family Housing Corporation, which provides affordable housing for low and moderate income working families. Mr. Simpson’s term continues through June 1, 2019.
Nancy Springer | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Building Official
Nancy Springer, of Browns Valley, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in September 2013. Ms. Springer has served in multiple positions for Butte County since 2007, including building division manager, interim building division manager, and building official assistant. She held multiple positions at Willdan Engineering from 2003 to 2007, including building safety services supervisor, office manager and senior plans examiner. Prior, Ms. Springer was a plans examiner at Linhart Peterson Powers and Associates from 1998 to 2003 and a building inspector for the Sutter County Community Services Department from 1992 to 1998. She was a building inspector for the City of Colusa from 1991 to 1992 and for the City of Palmdale from 1989 to 1991. Ms. Springer was an electrician apprentice at the National Electrical Contractors Association from 1984 to 1987 and an aircraft electrical systems specialist for the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 1985. Ms. Springer's term continues through June 1, 2017.
There are currently no vacancies on the Board.
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