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California governor appoints three CGU alumni to state posts

Monday, January 07, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed three Claremont Graduate University alumni to state posts.

Brian Back (MA, Government, 1974) was appointed to the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Douglas Faigin (MA, Politics, '97; PhD, Political Science, 2000) has been appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees, and Alice Y. Hom (PhD, history, 2011) has been appointed to the board of the California Council for the Humanities.

Back has been a Ventura County Superior Court judge since 1998. He was an attorney with Arnold Back Mathews Wojkowski and Zirbel LLP from 1990 to 1997, Arnold and Back from 1989 to 1990, and Nordman Cormany Hair and Compton LLP from 1977 to 1989.

The Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention guides state policy on juvenile crime and treatment and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders.

Faigin has been president of City News Service Inc. since 1985, and he was owner and general manager at KBCR Inc. from 1981 to 1985. He served as press secretary for Jerry Brown's 1974 gubernatorial campaign and deputy campaign manager in Brown's reelection campaign in 1978. As a trustee of the California State University, Faigin will provide leadership and oversight for the nation's largest public university system.

His position requires confirmation by the state Senate.

Hom works as the director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, where she was philanthropic advocacy manager from 2007 to 2010. She was founding director of the Intercultural Community Center at Occidental College from 2001 to 2006 and served in various positions with the J. Paul Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities from 1992 to 1999, including project management consultant, research assistant, and program assistant. From 1994 to 1996, she was program coordinator for the Asian American Student Union at Scripps College.

The California Council for the Humanities, an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, produces, funds, and supports cultural experience and events across the state. Although it is a private non-profit organization, its bylaws allow the governor to appoint board members.


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