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Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints
Bridgett Luther
Director of the Department of Conservation

On August 8, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Bridgett Luther as director of the Department of Conservation.

"Bridgett shares my dedication to protecting our environment and ensuring our natural resources are wisely conserved," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "Her professional experience combined with her passion for resource conservation qualifies her uniquely to lead our state's crucial conservation efforts. I look forward to working with her to develop creative and innovative ways to ensure California's incredible natural beauty is preserved for generations to come."

Luther  has served as the regional development director for Hands On Bay Area since 2004. In this capacity she has managed fundraising and developed partnerships with a variety of public and private entities in the five-county Bay Area region for this volunteer management non-profit organization. Luther  previously was national development director for Republicans for Environmental Protection from 2003 to 2004 and program director for the Trust for Public Land in Charlotte, NC, from 1999 to 2003. She also served as a member of the Regional Water Quality Advisory Board for Mecklenburg County, NC, and the Mountain Island Lake Three County Advisory Board from 1999 to 2003. Luther  was a residential real estate broker from 1987 to 1998 for Keegan & Company Real Estate of Charlotte, NC. She is a member of both the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society.

"I am honored Governor Schwarzenegger has asked me to work with him to protect California's diverse and precious natural resources," said Luther. "I am committed to balancing California's needs today with our obligations tomorrow by ensuring the sensible use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources."

Luther, 50, of San Francisco, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, a certificate in non-profit management from Duke University and a certificate from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $108,753. Luther  is a Republican.

The Department of Conservation provides services and information that promote environmental health, economic vitality, informed land-use decisions and sound management of our state's natural resources. With a team of scientists and other dedicated professionals, the Department of Conservation administers a variety of programs designed to balance today's needs with tomorrow's obligations by fostering the wise use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources.

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