Brown’s new jobs czar will sit on HSR board, too

Michael Rossi, whom Gov. Jerry Brown named as a jobs czar last week, was named by the governor today to also serve on the board of the California High Speed Rail Authority.

Rossi, 67, of Pebble Beach, is a former officer or senior member at financial institutions including Cerberus Capital Management LP, Aozora Bank, GMAC Residential Capital LLC and BankAmerica Corp. This board position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem; Rossi is a Democrat.

Brown also last week had named former BART director Dan Richard of Piedmont to serve on the HSR authority’s board. The board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Sacramento City Hall.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.