Gov. Newsom announces first Fish and Game Commission appointment

Samantha Murray will fill seat previously occupied by Anthony Williams.

SACRAMENTO—California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his first-ever appointment to the Fish and Game Commission, which was left open by the recent departure of former Commissioner Anthony Williams.

Newsom announced Samantha Murray, 42, would be the newest member of the commission, which deliberates and sets fishing and hunting policy in California. She will earn a $100 per diem as compensation for serving on the commission.

Murray hails from Del Mar and, in 2017, became the executive director of the master of advanced studies program in marine biodiversity and conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is also the principal at Samantha Murray Consulting.

Murray previously served as the director of the water program at the Oregon Environmental Council, directed various programs at the Ocean Conservancy and conservation director at the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

She was also the assistant director of conservation at the Audubon Society of Portland and a legal intern at the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

Murray has a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

All governor appointees must go through Senate confirmation.

Also serving on the Fish and Game Commission are Eric Sklar, Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, Russell Burns and Peter Silva.

Williams left the commission in December 2018 to accept a position as Newsom’s legislative secretary.

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