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 holds 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 served as 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.
Agustin “Augie” Beltran | 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 in 1989, Mr. Beltran has worked in various facets of the construction industry. 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.
Kevin J. Albanese | Vice Chair | 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. Previously he spent 10 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.
Marlo Richardson | Secretary | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Marlo Richardson, of Playa del Rey, was first appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in June 2015. She was appointed by the governor to a full term in June 2016, and will serve through June 1, 2020. 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 co-chair of Public Safety for Los Angeles County Empowerment Congress, and also is a member of the California State Bar Association Professional Responsibility and Conduct, the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, and California Women Lead.
Linda Clifford | 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 was chief financial officer at C.C. Myers Inc. from1986 to 2016. She also held multiple accounting positions at Continental Heller-Tecon Pacific from 1972-1986. Ms. Clifford is treasurer and a board member of Transportation California, and chairperson and commissioner for the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission. Ms. Clifford's term continues through June 1, 2018.
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 and reappointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in September 2016. 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 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, 2020.
David Dias | Governor Appointee | Labor Member
David Dias, of Pleasanton, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2011, and has been twice reappointed, in June 2012 and June 2016. Mr. Dias has been a business representative for Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 104 since 2005, and previously worked as 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. He also serves on the Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Committee and the IAPMO UMC Technical Committee, as well as committees for ASHRAE and EECC. Mr. Dias will serve through June 1, 2020.
Susan Granzella | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Susan Granzella, of Sacramento, was first appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in October 2014, and reappointed in June 2016. Ms. Granzella held several positions at Visa Inc. from 1996 until her retirement in 2014, including senior director and vice president for technical documentation, and audit and compliance coordinator for global development. In the latter role, she oversaw Visa’s technical writing and publishing efforts, distributing content internationally to banks and processors, and managed staff in both the United States and India. She also serves on the Sacramento Board of Directors for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Ms. Granzella's term continues through June 1, 2020.
Joan Hancock | Governor Appointee | "B" Contractor Member
Joan Hancock, of Sacramento, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2007, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011, and again in June 2015. Ms. Hancock has owned Her Land Enterprises, a general contracting firm since 1983. In 2010 she started “Insights” Construction consulting. Ms. Hancock earned a juris doctorate degree in 1982, and a California state teaching credential in 1979, and is a certified mediator. Ms. Hancock’s term continues through June 1, 2019.
Pastor Herrera Jr. | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Pastor Herrera Jr., of Los Angeles, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2010, and reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in June 2014. Since 2011, Mr. Herrera has been an adjunct professor at the California State University, Northridge Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Previously, he served in multiple program staff positions at the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs from 1976 to 2010, and was its director for 19 years. He also serves on several nonprofit Boards, including the National Consumers League (NCL), National Insurance Institute Consumer Advisory Board, and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Mr. Herrera’s term continues through June 1, 2018.
Ed Lang | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Senior Citizen Organization
Ed 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 served 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.
Michael A. Layton | Assembly Appointee | Public Member
Michael A. Layton, of Long Beach, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in September 2016. Mr. Layton is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer for the Southern California Pipe Trades, a position he has held since 2008. Prior to this, he served as Executive Director of the Apprentice and Journeyman Trust Fund of Southern California. A 1992 graduate of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices Instructor Training Program, affiliated with Michigan State University, Mr. Layton is a credentialed plumbing and pipe fitting instructor. He also has held a California Vocational Education Teaching Credential since 1988. Mr. Layton is a member of the American Welding Society, the American Society of Sanitary Engineering, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 403. His term continues through June 1, 2020.
Frank Schetter | Governor Appointee | "C" Contractor Member
Frank Schetter, of Sacramento, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2011, and reappointed in June 2015. Mr. Schetter is the CEO of Schetter Electric and was its president from 1983 to 2005. He served as president, and is currently the governor, of the Sacramento chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, as trustee of the statewide IBEW/NECA LMCC, and as trustee of the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Program. He has also served as a member of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Sacramento County Code Appeals Board, City of Sacramento Electrical Code Advisory Board, and president of the Sacramento chapter of the ASA. Mr. Schetter’s term continues through June 1, 2019.
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 Anvil Steel Corporation and Junior Steel Co., both of which hold a specialty (C51) and general contractors (B) license in California. Mr. Schifino was a practicing attorney in California from 1989 to 1996, and was 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 actively participate in many local charities, including City of Hope Hospital and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Mr. Schifino’s term continues through June 1, 2017.
Johnny Simpson | Senate Appointee | Public Member
Johnny Simpson, of Spring Valley, was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in February 2015. Mr. Simpson is the International Representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), 9th District, and formerly was Business Manager/Financial Secretary of IBEW 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 over 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 is also a past trustee and president of the San Diego Electrical Training Center; 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 is the Building Official for Butte County, where she manages the building and safety operations for the unincorporated county and five incorporated cities. 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. She has served as a past president of the Counties Building Officials Association of California (CBOAC), and maintains membership with the California Building Officials (CALBO), Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials (SVABO), and International Code Council (ICC). Ms. Springer's term continues through June 1, 2017.
There are currently no vacancies on the Board.
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