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Governor Appoints McCauley Commissioner of California DRE

The California Department of Real Estate reports Doug McCauley has been appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as Commissioner of the department. This position requires Senate confirmation. This transition is expected to occur in early May.

Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez, Secretary of California’s Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) says, “Doug is coming from the Department of Housing and Community Development, where he has been for more than two years leading and managing its tremendous growth. For the last several months, he has been Acting Director of the department, where he has shown great leadership. I am very happy that he is staying in the BCSH family, and know he will make an outstanding Commissioner.”

McCauley has served as chief deputy director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development since 2018, and as acting director of the Department since 2019. He was executive officer at the California Architects Board from 2001 to 2018.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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