Pairis appointed assistant secretary for climate change at the California Natural Resources Agency
Amber Pairis, 38, of La Jolla, has been appointed assistant secretary for climate change at the California Natural Resources Agency. Pairis has been climate change advisor at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2008. She was a science and research liaison at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies from 2006 to 2008 and a conservation biology curriculum developer at the Antioch New England Institute from 2002 to 2004. Pairis was a land protection ecologist at the eastern regional office of the Nature Conservancy in 2002 and held multiple positions at Antioch New England University from 2000 to 2002, including lab director, teaching assistant and assistant primary investigator. She held multiple positions at the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research and the National Marine Fisheries Service from 1997 to 1999, including biological research technician and research assistant. Pairis was a volunteer invasive species research technician at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1996 to 1999. She is a Switzer Fellow and received the Switzer Environmental Leadership award in 2002. Pairis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in environmental studies from Antioch New England University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $87,216. Pairis is a Democrat.