Governor Appoints Director and Chief Counsel of Department of Tax and Fee Administration

Governor Jerry Brown announced July 10 that he has appointed Maryland lawyer Nicolas Maduros as director of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), replacing Acting Director David Botelho, who had served since the tax agency was created July 1.

The governor also appointed Tad Egawa, a Sacramento lawyer, as chief counsel at the CDTFA. Maduros, a 46-year-old Democrat from Bethesda, served as chief of staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2014 through January 2017. He was president of the Delta Policy Group from 2010 to 2014, partner and director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates – a noted bipartisan lobbying and communications firm – from 2000 to 2010, and an associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter from 1998 to 1999.

Mr. Maduros was counsel to the chairman at ETC Inc. from 1997 to 1998, and an associate at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand from 1996 to 1997. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.

The new director will be paid $190,296 per year, plus benefits. His appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate, but gubernatorial appointees may serve up to one year in office while the confirmation process is under way.

Mr. Maduros was sworn in to office July 12 by Marybel Batjer, secretary of the California Government Operations Agency. (Photo courtesy of the Government Operations Agency.)

Mr. Egawa, a Republican, has served as general counsel at the California Department of Housing and Community Development since 2015. He was assistant commissioner of legal affairs at the California Bureau of Real Estate from 2013 to 2015, a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice from 2009 to 2013, and a shareholder at McDonough, Holland and Allen PC in 2009, where he was of counsel in 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Egawa was assistant general counsel at the Ryland Group Inc. from 2004 to 2007 and an associate at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler and Marmaro LLP from 1999 to 2004, at Tuttle and Taylor from 1998 to 1999 and at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP from 1996 to 1997. He holds a law degree from the University of Southern California. This position, which comes with an annual salary of $178,092 plus benefits, does not require Senate confirmation.







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