Commissioners



Michael Sutton

President Michael Sutton, of Monterey, was appointed to the Fish and Game Commission on May 3, 2007. He was reappointed on March 25, 2009 to a six-year term. Sutton currently serves as Executive Director of Audubon California and Vice President, Pacific Flyway with the National Audubon Society.  Previously, he founded the Center for the Future of the Oceans at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2004 and served as program officer for the conservation and science program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2004. Prior to that, Sutton worked at the World Wildlife Fund from 1990 to 1999.  He also served as special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1984 to 1990. Sutton worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger from 1980 to 1984.

His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2015.

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Jack Baylis

Vice President Jack Baylis, of Los Angeles, was appointed to the Fish and Game Commission on September 29, 2010 and confirmed by the State Senate on September 1, 2011.  Currently, Mr. Baylis is the President and CEO of The Baylis Group, LLC.  The Baylis Group services public and private sector clients in the Infrastructure and Environmental fields providing strategic, management, and technical services and consultation. 

Mr. Baylis has excelled in management, operations, business development, and client service roles; he has achieved success as a principal, director and manager of numerous environmental, civil infrastructure, water and transportation programs and projects; he is experienced with p&l responsibilities, technical review, program management, and staff development; he has served on joint venture boards specifically focused on strategic and larger programs and projects with construction values over a billion (US) dollars  He has also served on community, non-profit, and government service boards and commissions including as a Governor appointee to the California State Fish and Game Commission and is a Presidential appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). His Specialties include operations and business development for regional operations and global strategic investments and development; client service, teaming, joint ventures, contracts, procurement negotiations, program management, and geopolitical positioning.

His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2016

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Jim Kellogg

Jim Kellogg, of Discovery Bay, was appointed to the Commission on January 31, 2002, to complete the term of the position vacated by former Commissioner Richard Thieriot. He was reappointed on March 28, 2006 to a six year term. He was reappointed on April 10, 2012 to another six year term. Growing up in the Bay Area James W. Kellogg is a native Californian who has spent forty-eight eight years with the (UA) United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. He was first elected to full time office with the Steamfitters Local Union 342 in 1976.

Jim has devoted his entire adult life to helping people and doing whatever possible to provide the best working environment and conditions that the particular times would bear for the people he represents. He has been recognized many times over for his leadership abilities and has gained the respect and admiration of everyone who has had the opportunity to interface with him.

He is a strong supporter of education and heavily promotes union apprenticeship and journeyman training programs and has been rewarded for those efforts by having two schools in Northern California named after him. He is the founder of the California Native American Apprenticeship Initiative.

After years of community service and serving on many statewide labor boards and committees, Jim in January 1999 was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to the powerful California Transportation Commission and served as Chairman in 2000. He has also been appointed by Governor Davis to the California Fish and Game Commission, the Commission on Building for the 21st Century, and the California State Work Force Investment Board. He serves on the Board of Directors for the California Residence Foundation, Board of Directors Contra Costa College Foundation, Board of Directors for the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America, Board of Directors for the America on the Move Foundation, and is the labor representative on the oversight committee for Contra Costa County's "Shaping Our Future" project. He serves on the Executive Board of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Posse and is Vice President of the California State Building & Construction Trades Council. He is a member of California Waterfowl Association, Outdoor Sportsmen's Coalition of California, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Deer Association, Ducks Unlimited, California State Sheriff's Association and is a lifetime member of the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation.

His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2018.

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Richard B. Rogers

Richard B. Rogers, of Santa Barbara, was appointed to the Fish and Game Commission on January 18, 2005.  Mr. Rogers is a third generation Californian. He is Chairman of the Board, Pacific Earth Resources: a diversified environmental horticulture services company.  He is also General Partner, Pacific Ranch Company: a  private investment company.

He has served as Chairman of the National Board of Advisors of the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at The University of California at Santa Barbara, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Mr. Rogers has served on many state and national boards with a focus on conservation, bio-diversity, and the governance of philanthropic organizations.  He formerly served on the California State Board of Forestry and was chair of the Forest Practice Committee.  He was a member and co-Chair of the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Governance Task Force, American Association of Museums (AAM) in Washington DC, and a site surveyor and Peer Reviewer for MAP and AAM Governance.

Mr. Rogers graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Electrical Engineering and the University of Southern California with an MBA in Finance.  He is an Eagle Scout and a decorated combat veteran.

Term expiration: His term on the Commission expired January 15, 2011; he can serve until a new appointment is made by the Governor.

photo of Commissioner Hostler-Carmesin

Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, of McKinleyville, was appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission on June 4, 2013. Hostler-Carmesin has been chief executive officer at Cher Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria since 2010 and was director of transportation and land-use planning from 2007 to 2009. She was roads director at the Hoopa Tribal Roads Department from 2003 to 2007. Hostler-Carmesin served in multiple positions at the Redwood Empire Aggregates Inc. from 1990 to 2002, including payroll administrator and contract administrator.

Jacque was appointed to the National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee by President Barack Obama in 2011 as one of three tribal representatives for the United States. She has been the primary California representative to the National Tribal Transportation Program since 2005 and vice chair since 2010. She has been a member of the CalTrans Native American Advisory Committee since 2006.

Her term on the Commission expires January 15, 2019.

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