Blue Ribbon Citizen Commission

The Blue Ribbon Citizen Commission represents an extremely diverse range of experience and perspectives, and includes strategic problem solvers with expertise in policy, management and fiscal issues. At the direction of the executive committee, the commission may prepare independent public reports setting forth its findings and recommendations in order to advise and assist in the preparation of the fish and wildlife strategic vision.

Blue Ribbon Citizen Commission Members


Carol Baker, Chair, Blue Ribbon Citizen Commission; former Senior Policy Consultant / Deputy Budget Director, California State Assembly Speaker's Office

Carol Baker was appointed to serve as chair of the California Fish and Wildlife Strategic Vision Blue Ribbon Citizen Commission. Prior to her retirement at the end of 2008, Baker served as chief consultant on natural resources and environmental protection policy issues, and concurrently as deputy budget director for four California Assembly speakers. She was the lead negotiator, on behalf of the Speaker, on issues including water, flood, and natural resources bonds. Baker was also one of three policy consultants who, on behalf of the Speaker, worked on Assembly Bill 32, the landmark California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Prior to her tenure in the California Assembly Speaker's Policy Office, Baker spend nearly 25 years in California's executive branch, mostly with the California Department of Finance as a principal budget analyst working on natural resource, water and environmental issues. For nearly three years, Baker also served as deputy director of administration in the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Carol received her degree in environmental biology, with a minor in economics, from California State University, Sacramento.




Richard Frank, director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law

Richard Frank was appointed director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at the UC Davis School of Law in 2010 and was formerly the executive director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley School of Law. Before joining the University of California, Frank served for 30 years in the California Department of Justice, most recently as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Legal Affairs.

In 2006, Frank was appointed to the Delta Vision Task Force, an advisory body asked to develop policy recommendations for the governor and Legislature, addressing environmental problems confronting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In May 2009, the chair of the California Air Resources Board appointed Frank vice chair of the Economic Allocation and Advisory Committee, an advisory body formed to assist the Air Resources Board in implementing AB 32, California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act.




David M. Graber, PhD, Chief Scientist, Pacific West Region, National Park Service

David Graber is the Chief Scientist for the Pacific West Region (West Coast and Pacific Islands) of the National Park Service. He began his career in NPS in 1974, studying black bears in Yosemite National Park to earn a doctorate at U.C. Berkeley. He has remained in the Sierra Nevada ever since. Graber came to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in 1980 as a research biologist, and through several changes in position has continued to be based there although his work takes him to many national parks. He served as the wildlife biologist on the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project in the 1990s. Graber has devoted his career to assuring that policy and management are fully informed by the best scientific information. He works closely with agencies at all levels of government, private organizations, and academic institutions to further conservation of nature.




Dennis Hollingsworth, member, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, former legislator

Dennis Hollingsworth has served on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since January 2011. From 2002 to 2010 he was the state senator for the 36th District of California, which includes portions of San Diego and Riverside counties. While in the Senate, Hollingsworth served as Senate Republican Caucus Whip and served the Senate republicans as chairman of the caucus’ elections committee. He also was a member of the committees on Agriculture and Water Resources and Natural Resources and Wildlife. Prior to the Senate he served in the state Assembly representing the 66th District.

An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, Hollingsworth is past chairman of the state organization of Quail Unlimited. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cornell University where he studied dairy science, agricultural management and international relations.




Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust

Skyli Mcafee has spent her career in marine science at laboratories throughout the country. Prior to leading the Ocean Science Trust, Ms. McAfee was Assistant Director of the University of California, Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory, where she facilitated program development and administration. The world-renowned research lab engaged in multidisciplinary marine and terrestrial research, encouraging productive collaborations with federal and state partners such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, and California Department of Fish and Game.

Ms. McAfee received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in Aquatic Biology and a Master's degree from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, where she studied the community ecology of reef fishes in the San Blas Archipelago, Panama.




Pedro Nava, former Assemblymember, 35th District

Pedro Nava represented the 35th California Assembly District from 2004 to 2010, where he served as chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee and vice chair of the Joint Committee on Emergency Management. He also served on the Business and Professions and Health and Insurance Committees. In 2005, Nava was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission.

Pedro Nava graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, and the University of California, Davis, Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law. He later served as a deputy district attorney in both Fresno and Santa Barbara counties.




Mary Salas, former Assemblymember, 79th District

Mary Salas was elected to represent the 79th California State Assembly District in November 2006. The district includes the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado, and portions of San Diego.

In 1996, Salas became the first Latina elected to the Chula Vista City Council. As a councilwoman, she chaired the university working group to establish a higher education center in the region. She served for seven years on the California Trade and Commerce Agency and as a board member of the South County Economic Development Council.

Salas graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University and received a bachelor’s degree in social work.