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Controller Betty T. Yee Announces Deputy Controller for Environmental Policy


SACRAMENTO – State Controller Betty T. Yee today announced the appointment of Anne Baker as Deputy Controller for Environmental Policy.

Baker will manage the State Controller’s environmental policy agenda, and serve as a designee to the State Lands Commission, the California Coastal Commission, Pollution Control Financing Authority, Ocean Protection Council, Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, and the California Transportation Financing Authority.  Additionally, she will serve on all bond oversight committees involving environmental policy.

Since 2009, Baker served as senior advisor on renewable energy siting at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies.  As Deputy Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2004 through 2008, Baker was the agency’s lead staff on climate policy that led to the adoption of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

She had also worked as the Principal Consultant in the State Senate and Assembly from 1995 to 2004, where she developed legislation on climate policy, air quality, water planning and use, as well as budgets for environmental protection, natural resources, and transportation.  Her work also included the development of natural resources and water bonds.  Baker was the lead legislative staff for the California Clean Cars Initiative enacted in 2002.

Baker had previously served as senior policy development staff to the General Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California where she developed the district’s first strategic plan.  She had also been a director for environmental planning and director of government and public affairs for the Southern California Association of Governments.

In 1978, Baker was an Elected Member of the Maryland General Assembly’s House of Delegates.  She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.