Kristin Peer, Deputy Secretary and Special Counsel for Water Policy


Kristin Peer was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2019 to serve as Deputy Secretary and Special Counsel for Water Policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her appointment, she served for four years at CalEPA as Assistant General Counsel.

Prior to coming to CalEPA, she was at the California Department of Justice, where she served as Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Law Section of the Public Rights Division from 2010 to 2015. In her earlier positions, she was an associate at Miller, Starr, Regalia from 2007 to 2010 and a credit analyst at Union Bank in Irvine from 2002 to 2004. 

Kristin received her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. During her time at UCLA Law, she was an extern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of California and a summer law clerk at Miller Starr Regalia in Walnut Creek. 

Kristin received bachelor degrees in Business-Economics and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with honors and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa.

Kristin currently resides in Sacramento with her husband and two children.

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