Elena Miller became State Oil & Gas Supervisor for the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) on September 1, 2009. She is the Division’s twelfth Oil & Gas Supervisor since DOGGR was created by the Legislature in 1915.
The Division oversees the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of oil, natural gas, and geothermal wells. The regulatory program emphasizes the wise development of oil, natural gas, and geothermal resources in the state through sound engineering practices that protect the environment, prevent pollution, and ensure public safety.
Prior to being named Supervisor, Elena was appointed by the Governor's Office to be the Public Adviser for the California Energy Commission (CEC), where she previously served as Staff Counsel for the Fuels & Transportation Division. While Public Adviser, Elena was responsible for bridging the gap between the CEC power plant review process and public participation for proposed solar, biomass and natural-gas fired power plants throughout the state.
Prior to joining the CEC, Elena worked on employment litigation matters as Staff Counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She also practiced law in the private sector in Los Angeles, her hometown. Elena first gained experience in the oil and gas fields working for six years as a senior paralegal for Atlantic Richfield Company’s (ARCO) headquarters in downtown Los Angeles while attending law school at night. Elena is fluent in Spanish and enjoyed a foreign assignment through ARCO in Caracas, Venezuela.
Elena earned her undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Political Science and her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law.