Alejandro Rodarte, Assistant Secretary for Border Affairs
Alex has more than 21 years of State service working in various facets of State government from warehousing to his current position as CalEPA’s Assistant Secretary for Border Affairs.
Prior to this appointment, Alex was Chief of Business Operations, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CalEPA Headquarters building and the delivery of centralized services to the Boards, Departments and Offices (BDO) within CalEPA.
Prior to becoming Chief of Business Operations, Alex was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Special Assistant to the Agency’s Border Affairs Unit where he played an integral role in coordinating the 26th Annual Border Governor’s Conference in Hollywood and the first ever Global Climate Summit in Beverly Hills. In this capacity, he served as a liaison between California and its Mexican partners.
Alex served as project coordinator where he managed contracts and grants for the Border Environmental Program. He helped guide the policy and environmental regulations along our border region and assisted in developing Memorandums of Understandings on our environmental border issues.
In addition, Alex co-wrote a U.S. EPA Environmental Management Systems (EMS) grant proposal and implemented EMS Pollution Prevention training to Mexican institutions. He also helped develop several bilingual publications for the State including one on how to conduct business in Mexico.
In his past roles he’s gained valuable experience working on the California Performance Review where he explored, evaluated and proposed solutions to streamline state government and create operational and cost efficiencies.
Before joining the California Performance Review, Alex worked at the California Air Resources Board, leading the ARB’s procurement and graphics arts departments. In this capacity, Alex also managed IT related issues and provided IT training to division staff.
His hands-on experience in different State capacities, gives him the unique experience to manage the different divisions of CalEPA’s business operations.
Alex lives in Sacramento with his wife Julie and two daughters Marisa and Andrea.