Commissioner Biographies

Oxnard, California

Dr. Kenneth Ehrman of Oxnard was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom, to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in September 2019. Dr. Kenneth Ehrman began his career in law enforcement 1994 as a Correctional Officer at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In 1999, he joined the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Investigations Division as an Investigator. Ehrman is the unit A Vice President of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and the President of the Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators of California (AMVIC). He earned a Master of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego and serves as a Policing Fellow at the National Police Foundation.

Truckee, California

Katie Hawkins of Truckee was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in July 2020. As a global sales director for the outdoor industry with almost 20 years of experience, Katie Hawkins has led international sales teams and growth initiatives for key outdoor brands such as Marmot, Black Diamond Equipment, and Gregory Mountain Products. Katie currently spearheads the advocacy and policy efforts for Outdoor Alliance in California. Hawkins earned her MBA from CSU - Sacramento and currently serves on the Board of the Pacific Crest Trail Association.Her passions and love for the Range of Light led her and her family to the heart of the Sierra-Lake Tahoe. From there, she advocates on behalf of the entire state of California and the world of outdoor recreation, which has been a constant presence in her life on both a personal and professional level.

San Francisco, Califronia 

Tom Pier of San Francisco was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in March 2020. Tom Pier has been of counsel at Alioto Law Firm since 2005. He was a self-employed political consultant from 1991 to 1999, a lifeguard for the City of Newport Beach from 1988 to 1992 and a fisherman and ship engineer for various fishing vessels in Alaska from 1985 to 1988. Pier earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco Law School and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin.

Coronado, California

Rudy Murillo of Coronado was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in November 2020. Rudy Murillo has been Director of State Government Relations at the University of California, San Diego since 2004. He was Executive Director for the Commission of the Californias from 1999 to 2004, Special Assistant to Director of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1987 to 1999 and Executive Assistant to San Diego City Councilmember Uvaldo Martinez from 1982 to 1986. Murillo was Assistant to the Port Director for the Port of San Diego from 1979 to 1982 and Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Lionel Van Deerlin from 1970 to 1979.

Sacramento, California

Jose Gonzalez was appointed by Govenor Gavin Newsom to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in May 2022. Jose González has been a Partner at the Avarna Group since 2017. He was a Fellow at the Pisces Foundation from 2019 to 2020, Founder and Executive Director of Latino Outdoors via Community Initiatives from 2013 to 2017, Latino Outreach and Education Manager for the Tuolumne River Trust from 2013 to 2014, and a Butler Koshland Fellow at Radio Bilingue from 2012 to 2013. González was Faculty at National Hispanic University from 2011 to 2013, Faculty at Eastside College Preparatory School from 2009 to 2010, and Faculty and Coordinator at Douglass Middle School, Woodland Unified School District from 2005 to 2007. González is a board member of Parks California and Resource Media, a trustee of the National Recreation Foundation and the National Outdoor Leadership School and a councilor for Save the Redwoods League. González earned a Master of Science degree in behavior, education and communication from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment."