Pablo Garza, of Sacramento, was appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board on July 24, 2018. Mr. Garza has been California Political Director for the Ecosystems Program at the Environmental Defense Fund since 2017. He was Associate Director of State Policy and External Affairs at the Nature Conservancy from 2011 to 2016, where he was External Affairs Manager from 2008-2010. Garza was a legislative assistant in the Office of California State Senator Dean Florez from 2007-2008, associate consultant at the California State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions from 2005-2007, and a legislative assistant in the Office of California State Assemblymember Lou Correa from 2003-2004. Garza earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.