David Lanier was appointed Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown in November 2013. Secretary Lanier served as chief deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Brown from 2011. Prior to that he served as special advisor to the Speaker at the California State Assembly Speaker’s Office of Member Services from 1999 to 2011.
He was chief of staff for California State Assemblymember Grace Napolitano from 1997 to 1998, consultant for the Joint Legislative Government Oversight Task Force from 1996 to 1997 and legislative director for California State Assemblymember Carole Migden from 1995 to 1996. He began working in the capitol as a legislative aide in 1993.