Jerry Brown names his wife as 'special counsel' as staff takes shape

The Sacramento BeeJanuary 6, 2011 

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed wife Anne Gust Brown to be his unpaid "special counsel" and named two executive secretaries as he began Wednesday to shape his new administration.

Brown announced more than 20 appointees, all of them Democrats and many of them people who advised Brown when he was governor before.

Jim Humes, 51, Brown's chief deputy in the attorney general's office, was appointed executive secretary for administration, legal affairs and policy. Nancy McFadden, also 51, a former adviser to Gov. Gray Davis, is executive secretary for legislation, appointments and policy.

Brown is using the title "executive secretary" instead of chief of staff, the title used by recent governors. The appointments suggest some flattening of the administration.

"It's being set up with a number of direct reports to the governor," Brown adviser Steve Glazer said.

Gust Brown, 52, a former Gap Inc. executive, was an unpaid adviser to Brown when he was state attorney general and in his gubernatorial campaign. Gust Brown, around whom there is no reporting structure, has "always been a close adviser, professionally and personally," Glazer said.

Humes is widely praised as an administrator but is not considered a political operator. McFadden, meanwhile, both advised Davis and was deputy chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore. She was more recently senior vice president at Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

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