California Governor appoints new director of
California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed
Caroll Mortensen to serve as the director of the State’s Department
of Resource Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle).
For the last decade, Mortensen has served as one of the California
Legislature’s senior environmental policy consultants, most recently
as consultant to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee,
and advisor to Committee Chair Senator Joe Simitian. Prior to
that Mortensen worked for more than 13 years at the California
Integrated Waste Management board.
As senior consultant for the Senate Environmental Quality Committee,
Mortensen’s principal responsibilities have involved analyzing
and providing recommendations on dozens of legislative proposals
related to solid and hazardous waste, air and water quality heard
before the committee. She was also chief consultant for the Assembly
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee under Assembly
Member Wes Chesbro for two years and worked on issues related
to hazardous waste, pesticides, brownfield and other related
policy areas. Previously, she spent 13 years at the Integrated
Waste Management board working in a wide variety of positions
including legislative director for 4 years.
As director, Mortensen will be responsible for implementing AB
341, recently signed legislation that will increase California’s
recycling goal to 75 percent by 2020 and a requirement that all
commercial enterprises implement recycling programs. California
currently diverts an estimated 60 percent of generated solid
waste from landfill.