Governor Newsom announces appointments 1.12.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Eric L. Rood, 50, of Yuba City, was renamed chief of the Learning Standards Division at the California Department of Industrial Relations, where he has served since 2017. Rood has held several positions in the Standards Division of Labor and Enforcement of the Department of From 2000 to 2017, including Deputy Chief, Chief of Public Works, Regional Director, Hearings Officer, Industrial Relations Representative and Deputy Commissioner of Labor. From 1994 to 2000, he served as a business tax representative in the Sales and Use Tax Field Office of the California State Board of Equalization. the compensation is $151,260. Rood is recorded without party preference.

Eric O. Berg, 55, of Concord, was renamed deputy chief health officer with the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the California Department of Industrial Relations, where he has served since 2015. Berg has held several positions within the Occupational Safety Division. and Health from 1997 to 2015, including Principal Safety Engineer, Acting Principal Safety Engineer, Principal Safety Engineer, Associate Safety Engineer, Associate Industrial Hygienist and the Assistant Industrial Hygienist. He was an occupational health specialist at the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health from 1996 to 1997. Berg was a student assistant at the California Department of Public Health from 1994 to 1996. He was an organizer at the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO from 1993 to 1994. Berg served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1991 to 1993. He earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $179,832. Berg is a Democrat.

Debra Lee, 61, of Carson, has been renamed deputy chief safety officer with the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the California Department of Industrial Relations, where she has served since 2015. She served several positions within the department from 1994 to 2015, including Regional Manager, District Manager, Associate Industrial Hygienist and Deputy Industrial Hygienist. She served as an industrial hygienist with Northrop Corporation from 1992 to 1994, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources from 1990 to 1992, Health Science Associates from 1987 to 1990, and TRW Electronics from 1985 to 1987. This position does not require Senate confirmation. and the award is $181,968. Lee is a Democrat.

Carl S. Paganelli, 56, of San Francisco, has been named associate chief of consulting services, process safety management and engineering services for the department’s occupational safety and health division. of California Industrial Relations, where he has been a staff attorney since 2016. Paganelli was a trial attorney at Fidelity National Law Group from 2010 to 2015. He was an attorney at the law firm of Carl Paganelli in 2010. Paganelli was partner at Foley & Lardner LLP from 2007 to 2009 and law clerk at Ellman Burke. Hoffman & Johnson PC from 2006 to 2007. Paganelli was editor and document review project manager at Neil & Associates from 1989 to 2004. He was a cook at Chez Panisse restaurant from 1998 to 2004. He earned a master’s in English from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $179,832. Paganelli is a Democrat.

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