The Prison Industry Board (Board) was established in 1983 to oversee the operations of CALPIA, much like a corporate board of directors.
The Board sets general policy for CALPIA, oversees the performance of existing CALPIA industries, determines which new industries shall be
established, and appoints and monitors the performance of the General Manager. The Board also serves as a public hearing body, charged both
with ensuring that CALPIA enterprises are self-sufficient and that they do not have a substantial adverse effect upon private enterprises.
The Board actively solicits public input in to the decisions it makes with regard to expanding existing or developing new prison industries.
The Board is composed of 11 members. The Secretary of CDCR serves as a Member and Chair of the Board. The Governor appoints four members
(two to represent organized labor and two to represent industry). The Speaker of the Assembly appoints two members (representing the general
public). The Senate Rules Committee appoints two members (representing the general public). The Secretary of Transportation
or designee and the Director of General Services or designee also serve on the Board. Members are appointed for four-year terms,
serve without compensation, and are reimbursed for necessary expenses. The current members of the Board are as follows:
Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Secretary Kernan served as CDCR Undersecretary for Operations from March to December 2015. He was owner at Kernan Consulting from 2011 to 2015.
He served as Undersecretary for Operations at CDCR from 2008 to 2011. He was Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations from 2007 to 2008 and Deputy
Director of Adult Institutions from 2006 to 2007.
He served as Warden at California State Prison, Sacramento, from 2004 to 2006 and Warden at Mule Creek State Prison from 2003 to 2004, where he
also served as a Chief Deputy Warden from 2001 to 2003 and as a Correctional Administrator from 2000 to 2001.
He served as a Correctional Captain from 1991 to 2000, as a Correctional Lieutenant from 1987 to 1991, an Associate Budget Analyst from 1986 to
1987, a Correctional Sergeant from 1985 to 1986 and a Correctional Officer from 1983 to 1985. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1979 to 1982.
Curtis Kelly is the Senior Business Representative for the Bay Counties District Council of Carpenters. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Financial Secretary
for the Carpenters Local 180 in Vallejo. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Napa-Solano Carpenters Boosters Club and Vacaville Youth Services. Mr. Kelly serves as
one of the Governor’s labor representatives.
Dawn Davison, MS is the former Warden of the California Institution for Women (CIW). She had a 30 year career with the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation, with the last 7 years as the Chief Deputy Warden and Warden of CIW. As Warden, she instituted many rehabilitative programs and worked
with volunteer groups, emphasizing education, life and workplace skills, the maintenance of family and community relationships, successful reintegration
into society, and breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration. She also placed herself within the vanguard of reform-minded corrections managers
by allowing Just Detention International (JDI) and the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center to bring counselors into the prison to speak confidentially with
sexual abuse survivors. She was also the first to bring community college into the CIW and oversaw the first class of inmates graduating with their
Associate of Arts degrees.
Since her retirement in 2009, Dawn has remained involved with the prison population through her work as Treasurer on the JDI Board of Directors.
Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Time for Change Foundation that assists homeless women and children, and works as a
correctional consultant on legal cases.
Dawn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in 1978 and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from
California State University, Fullerton in 1980.
Michele Steeb joined Saint John's Program for Real Change as executive director in 2007. She has served on the Policy Board to End Homelessness for the
past four years and is a member of its steering committee. She chaired the Stepping Stone Task Force, and is currently chair of the Permanent Housing Committee
of the Policy Board. She is also a member of the Board of the Power Inn Alliance.
Prior to St. John’s, Ms. Steeb ran Public Affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce. She was founder and chief executive officer of two technology-based companies
and has run several successful political campaigns.
For both her work at St. John’s and in the community, Michele received the following honors in 2010/2011: Martin Luther King Jr. Difference Maker; Regional Social
Equity Leader (Valley Vision); Women Who Mean Business (Sacramento Business Journal); Non Profit Visionary of the Year (Sacramento News & Review); Sacramento
Magazine’s People of the Year; and the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Al Geiger Memorial Award. Ms. Steeb serves as one of the Governor’s industry representatives.
Ray Trujillo has been the Regional Director for the State Building Trades since 1995. From 1991 to 1995, he was the representative to the D.C. Ironworkers and
from 1985 to 1991; he was the representative for the Ironworkers, Local 378. Mr. Trujillo is one of the Directors on the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Board. Mr. Trujillo
has been a member of the Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee and the Concord Redevelopment Advisory Commission. Mr. Trujillo serves as one of the Governor's
Senate Rules Committee Appointees
Darshan Singh (Vice Chair)
Darshan Singh is a partner in the Asiatic Trading Company. He is an active participant in his community. He has served as commissioner, vice president and president
of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and currently serves as commissioner on San Francisco's Community Investment and Infrastructure Commission, successor to
the Redevelopment Agency. He has served as the founding Chairman of San Francisco's Parking and Traffic Commission, as a member of the State of California's Economic
Development Commission, as a member of the Mayor's Taxi Task Force, as an advisor to the Federation of Indian American Associations, as a member of the Board of Directors
of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He has been a vice president, and president of San Francisco's Council of District Merchants Associations, an umbrella organization
of 35 district merchants associations. He currently serves on its Board of Directors. He holds a Masters of Science from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor's in
Science from the Delhi School of Economics.
Felipe Martin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Martin Brothers Construction. He previously worked as a correctional officer with the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation, and as a service representative, and computer analyst in the telecommunications industry. He is a member of the Construction Managers
Financial Association, Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and United Contractors Association.
Speaker of the Assembly Appointees
Dr. Armond Aghakhanian
Dr. Aghakhanian has over twenty years of experience in the field of business, education & public service; working for and with a myriad of governmental and
non-governmental entities. He is currently a member of Burbank Unified School District Board of Education and is the Director of Development and Alumni and
Corporate Relations at East Los Angeles College Foundation. Furthermore, he is an Instructor at Glendale Community College and Woodbury University with over
a decade of experience teaching courses in business, management, organizational leadership, and government. Previously, he served the people of California as
a Senior Consultant for CA State Assembly Speakers Office of Member Services and as a Senior Representative for former CA State Assembly Majority Leader Dario
Frommer. He is the 2010 recipient of President Obama's "President's Volunteer Service" Award, 2003 "Glendale Character & Ethics Award," Armenian Bone Marrow
Donor Registry "Volunteer of the Year Award," LA Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness "Volunteer Award" YMCA "Service Award," and numerous certificates of
recognition from city, state and federal offices and elected officials. Dr. Aghakhanian received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California
State University Northridge, Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Woodbury University, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from
Bio coming soon.
State Agency/Department appointees
Jeff McGuire serves as the designee of the Director of the Department of General Services to the Prison Industry Board. Mr. McGuire is currently the Chief Deputy Director at
the Department of General Services. Previously,
Mr. McGuire was the Deputy Director at the Board of Equalization responsible for administration of California’s Sales and Use
Tax Program. Mr. McGuire has over 32 years of public service primarily in the area of tax policy and tax program administration. Mr. McGuire currently serves on several
other State boards and previously served as chair of the California Fed-State Partnership and as California’s representative on the Border States Caucus. Mr. McGuire holds
a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting from California State University, Long Beach. He completed the Leadership for Government Executives program at California
State University, Sacramento and holds a certification in Organizational Change Management.
William (Bill) Davidson serves as the designee of the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency. Mr. Davidson is currently the Deputy Director, Field Operations
Division at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Previously, Mr. Davidson was the Deputy Secretary of Administration and Finance, and was responsible for all fiscal policy and
personal matters with regard to the agency, as well as all departments and programs under its jurisdiction. He also served for three years as the Chief Budget Officer at the
California Department of Motor Vehicles and has over 16 years of experience managing and directing state administrative and fiscal matters.