Meet the Executive Team
Caroll Mortensen, Director: CalRecycle
Caroll Mortensen was appointed CalRecycle director by Edmund G. Brown Jr., in October 2011. 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. She most recently 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 Capitol, Ms. Mortensen previously spent 13 years at the former California Integrated Waste Management Board working in a wide variety of positions within the board and later as a member of the executive team as legislative director.
Ms. Mortensen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from California State University, Sacramento.