After several months, Governor Gavin Newsom has finally named a new Cal/OSHA Chief in Douglas Parker. Parker, has been the executive director of the Oakland worker advocacy group Worksafe since 2016. He is an attorney and has a long resume in occupational safety and health. He is a former assistant to the late Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone, then worked in press operations for the Democratic National Committee before and during the Clinton administration. He was a staff attorney for the United Mine Workers of America in the late 1990s, and during most of the 2000s was a partner at the Mooney, Green, Baker & Saindon law firm. He was formerly a senior policy advisor and special assistant at the Mine Safety and Health Administration and served as assistant secretary of labor for MSHA from 2014 to 2015. He replaces Juliann Sum, who retired earlier this year.