Mr. Pat Perez was appointed Assistant Director in charge of the Office of Mine Reclamation at the California Department of Conservation on August 29, 2014 by Governor Brown. Perez served as acting supervisor of the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in 2014. Prior to briefly retiring in 2012, Perez held a number of managerial and supervisorial positions during a 32-year career at the California Energy Commission. He led programs that dealt with such diverse topics as climate change, renewable energy, conventional fuels, liquefied natural gas, international energy market development, land use, and emergency planning and response. Before joining the Department of Conservation, Perez served as the CEC’s Deputy Director for transportation energy and alternative fuel programs. A native of Santa Barbara, Perez graduated with a degree in geography from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1979.