CSLB Registrar and Board Members
CSLB's 15-member Board appoints the executive officer, or Registrar of Contractors, and directs administrative policy for the agency's operations. Per Business & Professions Code §7002, the Board includes 10 public members (including one labor representative, one local building official, and one representative of a statewide senior citizen organization), and five contractors. Appointments are made by the governor and the state legislature. Board officer terms run from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year.
David R. Fogt | Registrar of Contractors
David R. Fogt became Registrar of Contractors on May 2, 2017. In the position, Mr. Fogt serves as CSLB’s executive officer, and oversees a $73 million budget and more than 400 employees in Sacramento and at other offices around the state.
Mr. Fogt, who earned his painting contractor license in 1986, began his CSLB career in February 1990. Over the next decade he worked in a number of supervisory positions in CSLB’s Enforcement division and was named Enforcement Chief in October 2001. Mr. Fogt served in that position until his appointment to Registrar.
Susan Granzella | Chair | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Susan Granzella was first appointed as a public member of the Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in October 2014 and was reappointed in June 2016. She continues to serve on the Information Technology Advisory Committee, which plays a major role in improving consumer options for CSLB.
Before her board appointment, Granzella retired from Visa Inc. in 2014 after holding various positions including vice president and senior director for technical publications and global development audit and compliance management for federal, state and industry regulations. She is a past board member for the National Council on Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Sacramento, and currently serves on the board of directors for My Sister’s House in Sacramento.
Mary Teichert | Vice Chair | “A” General Engineering Contractor
Mary Teichert is president of Teichert Inc., and holds State Contractor’s License #8. She was appointed as a CSLB board member by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. As board secretary, last year Teichert ensured fiscal responsibility for board operations. She has held several positions at Teichert Inc., including chief operating officer overseeing the company’s aggregate mining and asphalt operations, as well as its heavy civil construction division.
Teichert is vice president of The Beavers (a heavy civil industry association), a board member of the California Building Industry Association and HomeAid, and is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California, United Contractors, and the Capital Region Family Business Center. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Teichert’s term ends June 1, 2022.
Diana Love | Secretary | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Senior Citizen Organization
Diana Love of Palmdale, is a member and immediate past president of the Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults, an ambassador for the City of Palmdale, treasurer of the Inland Communities Democratic Headquarters Political Action Committee, as well as a national district liaison for the AARP
Ms. Love is also a member of the California Senior Legislature, Mental Health of America Advisory Council - Antelope Valley/Lancaster, City of Palmdale Mobile Home Review Board, Friends of the Palmdale City Library and Forget Us Not Community Services.
From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Love was children and youth group facilitator at Parents Anonymous Incorporated. She was a field representative in the Office of Assembly member Steve Fox from 2013 to 2015 and a work and community volunteer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Palmdale Station from 2008 to 2013.
Ms. Love’s term continues through June 1, 2022.
Cynthia L. Rich | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Dr. Cynthia L. Rich, of Gold River, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2021 as a Public Member. Dr. Rich has worked as a clinical psychologist in her own private practice since 2015. Her practice includes psychotherapy and psychological testing. In 2010, she received her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. She went on to earn her Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree in 2013, also from CSPP/Alliant.
Dr. Rich started her career in marketing and public affairs and worked for more than 20 years in the business arena, serving in executive management positions. She was vice president of marketing for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and later served as assistant dean for the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis. Dr. Rich is a member of the California Psychological Association and the Redwood Psychological Association.
Her term continues through June 1, 2025.
David De La Torre | Assembly Appointee | Public Member
David De La Torre, of San Bruno, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins in May 2015 and reappointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in September 2016. Mr. De La Torre is secretary-treasurer of Laborers Union Local 261, representing 5,000 members in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. Mr. De La Torre is a third-generation laborer who has worked for a variety of local and regional contractors. He was first elected as a union officer in 2005. Mr. De La Torre also serves as board president for the San Francisco chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), He was appointed as a national board member for that group in 2017, and as its State President in 2018. Mr. De La Torre is also a representative on San Francisco’s 100% Renewable Energy Task Force. His term continues through June 1, 2024.
Frank Altamura, Jr. | Governor Appointee | Public Member
Frank Altamura, Jr., of Vacaville, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in January 2019. Since 2012, Mr. Altamura has served as a Product Manager for Trane Energy Services and Control. He previously served as a Product manager for Serious Energy, and as a Founding Engineer with Valence Energy. Mr. Altamura earned both a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University. His term continues through June 1, 2022.
Rodney M. Cobos | Assembly Speaker Appointee | Public Member
Rodney Cobos, of Santa Paula, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in September 2020. Mr. Cobos is the business manager-financial secretary treasurer of the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16, representing 13 affiliated local unions with over 17,000 members throughout Southern California. Prior to becoming a plumbers’ apprentice in 1994, Mr. Cobos served as a sergeant in the United States Army from 1989-1993. He was first elected to serve as a union officer in 2002. Mr. Cobos has served as president, business representative, and in 2007 elected business manager-financial secretary-treasurer of United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 484, Ventura County. He also has served as president of the Southern California Pipe Trades and the California State Pipe Trades Council. Mr. Cobos’ term continues through June 1, 2024. Mr. Cobos joined CSLB as a Public Member.
Miguel Galarza | Governor Appointee | “B” Contractor Member
Miguel Galarza, of Millbrae, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in July 2020. Mr. Galarza has been founder and president of Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction Inc. since 2002. He was senior program manager at Mendelian Construction from 1993 to 2002 and project manager estimator at Hopkins Heating and Cooling from 1991 to 1993. He also has a decade of experience as a union carpenter at Carpenters Local Union No. 22. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America National Diversity & Inclusion Council and district director for the San Francisco Chapter of Associated General Contractors of California. Mr. Galarza is a member of the United Contractors, and the Society of American Military Engineers. Mr. Galarza joined CSLB as a “B” Contractor Member. His term ends June 1, 2023.
Donald Giarratano | Governor Appointee | “C” Contractor Member
Donald Giarratano of Palm Desert, was appointed by Governor Newsom on August 12, 2020. Mr. Giarratano has served as the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and president of DRG Construction Services since 2013. He also has been general manager of the Muir-Chase Plumbing Company’s Orange County Office since 2013. Previously, he was manager for business development at D.K. Mechanical Contractors from 1992 to 2013. He served as general superintendent at Sam P. Wallace from 1982 to 1992, foreman at Quast Plumbing from 1977 to 1982, and as an apprentice at Anaheim Plumbing from 1971 to 1977. Mr. Giarratano served as a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971. He is a member of the California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association. Mr. Giarratano joined CSLB as a “C” Contractor Member. His term continues through June 1, 2021
Michael Mark | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Labor Organization
Michael Mark, of Stockton, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2020. Mr. Mark has been a business representative covering the San Joaquin County jurisdiction for Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 104 since 2016, and was first elected as a union officer in 2012. He started his career as a union sheet metal worker in 2002, beginning with Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 162 which merged into Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 104 in 2012. In 2003, Mr. Mark started his apprenticeship at Champion Industrial Contractors and worked for various sheet metal contractors representing multiple facets of the sheet metal industry from 2002 to 2015. He is a member of United Cerebral Palsy of San Joaquin, San Joaquin Central Labor Council, San Joaquin Building Trades, Northern California Valley Sheet Metal Industry Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, and Leadership Stockton Class of 2014. Mr. Mark joined CSLB as a Public Member. His term continues through June 1, 2024.
Steven Panelli | Governor Appointee | Public Member - Building Official
Steven Panelli, of San Mateo, has been the Chief Plumbing Inspector at the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection since 2009. He has been a Plumbing Inspector with the department since 2000. Mr. Panelli is a member of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Board of Directors, and Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 38. Mr. Panelli serves as the Building Official on the Board and his term will expire on June 1, 2025.
James Ruane | Governor Appointee | "C" Specialty Contractor Member
James Ruane, of San Bruno, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2019. Mr. Ruane has been president of Patrick J. Ruane Inc. since 1976. He also is a member of the Wall and Ceiling Alliance and the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry.
In addition, Mr. Ruane served as mayor of San Bruno (San Mateo County) from 2009 to 2017, helping lead that city through the aftermath of a deadly PG&E gas line explosion in September 2010 that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
Mr. Ruane's term continues through June 1, 2023.
Johnny Simpson | Senate Appointee | Public Member
Johnny Simpson, of Spring Valley, was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in February 2015. Mr. Simpson is the International Representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), 9th District, and formerly was Business Manager/Financial Secretary of IBEW Local 569, which represents over 3,100 electrical workers in San Diego and Imperial Counties. A third generation IBEW wireman, Mr. Simpson graduated from the IBEW California Apprenticeship Program in 1981. He is highly involved in his community and has spent over 20 years volunteering alongside IBEW 569 members to fix electrical systems in the homes of San Diego’s low-income seniors, disabled veterans, and families. He is also a past trustee and president of the San Diego Electrical Training Center; president of the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council; and vice president of the San Diego County Building Trades Family Housing Corporation, which provides affordable housing for low and moderate income working families. Mr. Simpson’s term continues through June 1, 2023.
There is currently one public member vacancy on the Board.
CSLB holds regular meetings across the state. These meetings provide the public with an opportunity to testify on agenda items and other issues.