California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Meet the Executive Team

Caroll Mortensen, Director: CalRecycle

Caroll Mortensen was appointed CalRecycle director by Edmund G. Brown Jr., in October 2011, and confirmed unanimously by the state senate in May 2012. As director, Ms. Mortensen leads efforts on waste reduction and recycling as well as oversight of waste disposal in order to protect public health and the environment.

Ms. Mortensen has an extensive background in the development of environmental policy and legislation. Before receiving her gubernatorial appointment, she served as consultant for the State Senate Committee on Environmental Quality where she analyzed legislation and provided policy guidance related to solid and hazardous waste, and air and water quality. 

As chief consultant for the State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials from 2005-2007, Ms. Mortensen worked on issues related to hazardous waste, green chemistry, pesticides, brownfields, and other related policy areas.

Prior to her work in the Legislature, Ms. Mortensen spent 13 years at the California Integrated Waste Management Board, where she held several positions including legislative director.

Ms. Mortensen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from California State University, Sacramento.

Last updated: March 25, 2014
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