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 the Business, Transportation and
Housing Agency 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
Dr. Jeffrey Beard (Chairman)
Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D. was appointed as Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Governor Edmond G. Brown, Jr.,
on December 27, 2012. He will also serve as Chairman of both the Board of State and Community Corrections and the Prison Industry Board. Prior to
his appointment as Secretary, Dr. Beard began his criminal justice career in 1972 with the Department of Corrections in Pennsylvania (DCP) as a
corrections counselor. He served in various positions within the DCP until he was appointed to Secretary by Governor Tom Ridge in January 2001.
He was reappointed by Governor Ed Rendell in February 2003. He remained with the DCP until August 2010 when he retired as Secretary.
During his retirement Dr. Beard served as a consultant and/or instructor to the National Institute of Corrections, corrections agencies and various
companies on correctional matters, security, performance measures, mental health issues, evidence-based programs and assessment. Since early 2011,
Dr. Beard has been a Professor of Practice with the Justice Center for Research at Pennsylvania State University. In this capacity, he serves as an
advisor and consultant. He was recently selected to be a member of a National Academy of Science committee studying the high rates of incarceration
in the United States.
Dr. Beard holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.Ed and Ph.D. in counseling, all from the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he is a
He is a member of the Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association (PPWA), American Correctional Association (ACA), North American Association of Wardens
and Superintendents (NAAWS), Northeast Association of Correctional Administrators (NACA) and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA).
During his tenure as Secretary in Pennsylvania he served on the National Institute of Justice’s Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory
Committee (LECTAC), the last three years of which he served as vice chair for Corrections.
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.
Kira Masteller is an attorney partner for Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall, and Harlan of Encino, CA. She was previously an attorney / partner for
Michelman and Robinson of Encino, CA. Prior to that, Ms. Masteller worked for the Law Office of Doron M. Tisser as an associate attorney from 2002 to 2006,
where she was previously a paralegal and office manager from 1995 to 2002. She is the founder of Women in Networking. Ms. Masteller is a member of the San
Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council and Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles and is a volunteer at Sojourn Battered Women's Shelter. Ms. Masteller serves as one of the Governor’s industry representatives.
Michele Steeb joined St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children 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 is a partner in the Asiatic Trading Company. He is an active participant in his community and is currently serving as a Commissioner on San
Francisco's Redevelopment Agency. He has served as Chairman of San Francisco's Parking and Traffic Commission and as a member of the Worker's Compensation
Jeanne Woodford retired as the Chief of the San Francisco Adult Probation Department
on May 30, 2008, completing 30 years of work at the state and county level of government in the field of criminal justice.
Ms. Woodford began her career at San Quentin State Prison in 1978 following graduation from Sonoma State University with a Bachelors degree in Criminal
Justice. She promoted through the ranks and was appointed Warden of San Quentin State Prison by Governor Davis in 1999. In 2004, she was called upon by
Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as the Director of the California Department of Corrections. Her mission was to bring reform and rehabilitation to the
department. She was appointed Undersecretary of the department in July 2005.
Ms. Woodford is considered a national expert on Prison Management and Administration. She has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including
the New York Times in an article entitled The Good Jailer published March 2004.
Speaker of the Assembly Appointees
Eric Alegria is the Director of Operations of the Long Beach region of Healthcare Partners Medical Group. He is also a part-time faculty member in the
Behavioral Sciences Department at El Camino College. Eric has experience working in local government having worked for the cities of Los Angeles, Irvine
and La Canada‐Flintridge. In addition to his civil service he worked in the non-profit sector as the Director of a non‐profit program dedicated to working
with Hispanic farm workers where he was responsible for obtaining and allocating federal grant dollars from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Eric currently serves on the Finance Advisory Committee for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and on the Alumni Board of Directors for the Price School of
Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He previously served on the California Board of Occupational Therapy and the City of El Segundo’s
Environmental Council. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology
from Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gonzaga University.
Bruce Saito has served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps since 1995. In addition to his work at the Corps, he has served as
President of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (now known as The Corps Network). He is the current president of the California
Association of Local Conservation Corps. Mr. Saito also serves on the Boards of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, Infrastructure Academy, Los Angeles
Neighborhood Land Trust and the Little Tokyo Senior Nutrition Program. In 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Saito to serve on the Board of the State
Board of Forestry. He has been recognized for his service by the City and County of Los Angeles, the State of California and the federal government, and has
been honored with a National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Professional Award. Mr. Saito received his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University.
He was awarded a Durfee Sabbatical Award in 2006 to honor his many years of dedicated service to the youth of Los Angeles.
State Agency/Department appointees
Esteban Almanza serves as the designee of the Director of the Department of General Services. Mr. Almanza was appointed Chief Deputy Director of the Department of General Services by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on May 18, 2011. Prior to his appointment
Mr. Almanza served at the State Water Control Board as Deputy Director of Financial Assistance and Deputy Director of Administration. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Almanza
served Governor Gray Davis as Chief Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). Prior to OPR, he served as the California Assistant
State Director of the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development. From 1985 to 1994 he served as Chief Administrative Officer for California’s
Lieutenant Governor, the late Leo T. McCarthy. Mr. Almanza is a native Californian and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California
State University, Sacramento.
William (Bill) Davidson
Bill Davidson serves as the designee of the Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Mr. Davidson is the Deputy Secretary of Administration and Finance, and is responsible for all fiscal policy and personal matters with regard to the
agency, as well as all departments and programs under its jurisdiction. Mr. Davidson previously served for three years as the Chief Budget Officer at the California Department
of Motor Vehicles and has over 11 years of experience managing and directing state administrative and fiscal matters.