John G. Parrish was appointed on April 1, 2005 to serve as the California State Geologist and Chief of the California Geological Survey.  The State Geologist is the primary contact and spokesperson for the California Geological Survey with the Director of the Department Conservation, the Resources Agency, the Governor’s Office, the State Legislature, and the State Mining and Geology Board.  Prior to his current position, he was the Executive Officer for the State Mining and Geology Board for 11 years. Before coming to state service, Parrish spent 21 years in various capacities of geological exploration for a large international petroleum company. 

A native of California, he was raised in Los Angeles. He received a B.S. in geology from the University of Redlands in Southern California; a M.S. in geology from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; a M.B.A from the California State University; and, a Ph. D. in marine geology from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales,  U. K.

Parrish is a California licensed Professional Geologist, a Certified Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, a Certified Petroleum Geologist by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a Founding Member of the Energy Minerals Division, and a Member of the Society of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.

He is a past president of the Association of American State Geologists; chair of the California Earthquake Prediction and Evaluation Council (CEPEC) which reports directly to the Director of the California Office of Emergency Services on earthquake matters; board member on the Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems, chair of the California Integrated Seismic Network, and member of the U. S. Department of the Interior’s Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee.