Fish and Game Commission hires first female executive director

Valerie Termini succeeds Sonke Mastrup as head of outdoor policy organization.

Image courtesy of California Fish and Game CommissionSACRAMENTO — The California Fish and Game Commission has its first female executive director. Valerie Termini was hired as the Fish and Game Commission’s executive director, state officials announced on May 9. She officially assumed her position on May 16.

Termini previously served as a fisheries policy advisor and interim executive director of the California Ocean Protection Council.

At the Ocean Protection Council she developed, managed and implemented fisheries programs across the state. Last year Termini served as a fisheries climate advisor for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and developed policies on climate science for NOAA Fisheries.

The commission’s new executive director earned a Master of International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey and was awarded a California Sea Grant fellowship at an ocean resources management program. She also worked on environmental protection and education as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Togo.

Termini succeeds Sonke Mastrup, who served as the commission’s executive director for four years before stepping down in December 2015.

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