David Lanier Secretary - Labor and Workforce Development Agency David Lanier, 46, of Davis, the new Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, has served as chief deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since 2011. He served as special advisor to the Speaker at the California State Assembly Speaker’s Office of Member Services from 1999 to 2011. Lanier 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. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,250. Lanier is a Democrat.