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President Eric Sklar, of St. Helena, California, was appointed to the Commission in June 2015. A Napa Valley vineyard owner, entrepreneur and former public official, Eric Sklar and his family have been growing grapes in Napa Valley for nearly 40 years. He recently founded Yount Ridge Cellars and is in the process of seeking approval for a new winery in the Oakville American Viticultural Area of Napa Valley.

Eric was co-founder and Managing Partner (2005-2013) of Alpha Omega Winery in Rutherford, California. He was Chairman and CEO of Burrito Brothers, Inc., a restaurant chain he founded in 1989 based in Washington, D.C., and sold in 1999. 

From 2003-2010, he served on the St. Helena City Council – the last two years as Vice-Mayor. He is also a retired volunteer for the St. Helena Fire Department.  In 2010, he was elected to the Board of the Napa Valley Vintners where he served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair, and, from 2009-2011, he served as chair of the Napa Valley Vintners’ Community and Industry Issues Committee.

Eric received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1984, a Diploma in Business Studies at the London School of Economics in 1986, and a Master of Business Administration at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1997. Eric is a sailor and hunter and loves backpacking the trails of California.

His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2017.


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Vice President Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, of McKinleyville, was appointed to the 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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Anthony C. Williams, of Huntington Beach, was appointed to the Commission in June 2015. Williams has been director of government relations at the Boeing Company since 2014. He served as policy director and counsel in the Office of California State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg from 2010 to 2014, was founding partner at Wada Williams Law Group LLP from 2006 to 2010, director of government affairs at the State Bar of California from 2004 to 2006 and principal consultant for California State Senate President pro Tem John L. Burton from 2000 to 2004. Williams was a consultant for the California Democratic Party from 2000 to 2004, senior legislative advocate at the Judicial Council of California from 1994 to 2000, senior consultant at Ernst and Young LLP from 1993 to 1994 and a capital fellow in the Office of California State Assemblymember Thomas Hannigan from 1990 to 1991. He is founder and president of Stand Strong Foundation Inc. Williams earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2021.

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Russell Burns, of Napa, was appointed to the Commission in May 2016. As a third-generation heavy-equipment operator, Burns grew up in the construction industry and successfully operated cranes on bridges, refineries, high-rises and treatment plants in Northern California. He currently manages the largest construction trades local in the country, Operating Engineers Local 3, and has served five terms since 2006 as its elected leader.  Burns has also held several positions within the Local 3 organization since joining its staff in 1994.

Burns has held several state and transportation positions, including an appointment by Assemblymember Karen Bass to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board in 2009, a commitment he fulfilled until 2012.

He currently serves as the second General Vice President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), and is a member of the California Labor Federation Executive Council, the California Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth Board of Directors and the Transportation California Board of Directors.

Burns is an avid outdoorsman and looks forward to relying on that perspective in participating in the Commission’s balanced decision making. 

Burns graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in 2000 and was appointed to the Cal- OSHA Standards Board Subcommittee for the Certification of Crane Operators in 2001.

His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2022.


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Peter Silva, of Chula Vista, was appointed to the Commission in May 2016.

His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2018.

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