Fish and Game Commission announces new executive director

Melissa Miller-Henson promoted to top office following seven years of service within the agency.

SACRAMENTO—California’s Fish and Game Commission has a new executive director: Melissa Miller-Henson. She succeeds Valerie Termini, who was named by Gov. Gavin Newsom as the chief deputy director of the California Department Fish and Wildlife.

Miller-Henson spent the past seven years with the commission, serving as its program manager, deputy executive director and acting executive director. She previously directed the California Fish and Wildlife Strategic Vision Project and managed the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Miller-Henson also spent 11 years working as a policy analyst at the California Natural Resources Agency.

The new executive director, outside of her capacities duties with the Fish and Game Commission, also spent time as a whitewater rafting guide.

Miller-Henson began serving in her capacity as executive director on Sept. 10. Termini was appointed to her new role in June; Miller-Henson had served as the commission’s acting executive director since Termini’s departure from the role. She earned a Bachelor degree in Environmental Policy Analysis (Environmental Toxicology) from UC Davis.

Termini succeeded Sonke Mastrup as the commission’s executive director in 2016.

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