WASHINGTON — California is well-connected to President Clinton, having filled at least 73 high-level jobs in the Administration thus far. The list is led by Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Office of Management and Budget Director Leon E. Panetta.
"This definitely helps the state," said Doris Matsui, deputy director of White House public liaison and wife of Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Sacramento). "Traditionally, Washington has an East Coast mentality. Having Californians in integral places in the government will make people realize there are a lot of things we are positively responsible for, from agriculture to high tech."
The fact that vote-rich California went for Clinton in last November's election helped many campaign workers in the state land Administration jobs. But another key to the state's big representation, Matsui said, is that Clinton "relates to Californians really well. He knows we're the leading edge of possible solutions."
Following is a list of Californians in the Administration, compiled from White House sources and interviews:
\o7 The top appointments:\f7
* Warren Christopher: Secretary of state; Los Angeles attorney, deputy secretary of state in Jimmy Carter Administration, head of Clinton transition team.
* Mickey Kantor: U.S. trade representative; Los Angeles attorney, chairman of Clinton presidential campaign.
* Leon E. Panetta: Director of Office of Management and Budget; Democratic congressman from Carmel Valley.
* Laura D'Andrea Tyson: Chairwoman of President's Council of Economic Advisers; on leave as professor of economics and business administration at UC Berkeley.
* Dee Dee Myers: White House press secretary, Clinton campaign press secretary.
\o7 Other Californians, their Administration posts and their principal California roles:\f7
* Lori E. Abrams: Executive administrator of presidential messages, White House; syndication director, HMS Communications, San Francisco.
* Roberta Achtenberg: Assistant secretary of Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at Department of Housing and Urban Development; member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
* Carlene Ackerman: Special assistant to secretary of state; administrative assistant to Warren Christopher at Los Angeles law firm.
* C. Richard Allen: Deputy director of White House national service office; chief executive of Beverly Hills property management firm.
* Michele J. Altemus: Assistant to director of Fish and Wildlife Service; former deputy Los Angeles city attorney, scheduling director for Clinton Pennsylvania campaign.
* Aida Alvarez: Director of Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight at Housing and Urban Development (awaiting Senate confirmation); vice president for public finance at First Boston, San Francisco.
* Gail Becker: Deputy communications director at Health and Human Services; Los Angeles TV reporter and producer, press advance in Clinton campaign.
* Olena Berg: Assistant secretary of labor for Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, (awaiting Senate confirmation); chief deputy to California state treasurer.
* Eric Boswell: Director, State Department Office of Foreign Missions; career Foreign Service officer.
* Douglas Boxer: Congressional liaison at Health and Human Services; San Francisco lawyer, son of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
* Irene Bueno: Counsel to assistant secretary for legislation at Health and Human Services; legislative assistant to former Sen. Alan Cranston.
* Deborah Castleman: Deputy assistant secretary of defense for command, control and communications; space and defense policy analyst at RAND, Clinton campaign adviser on space, science and national security.
* Jennifer Chang: Assistant to assistant secretary for administration on children and families at Health and Human Services; California delegate coordinator for Clinton, planning and organization assistant for transition office.
* Alexander Clemens: Assistant to assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at Department of Housing and Urban Development; legislative aide to San Francisco Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg.
* Martha Corrales: Scheduling assistant to secretary of state; Clinton campaign organizer in New Mexico.
* Ramon Cortines: Assistant secretary of education for intergovernmental and interagency affairs; superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District.
* Phyllis Coven: Special assistant to attorney general; deputy Los Angeles city attorney.
* Sheila Creal: Public affairs specialist at Overseas Private Investment Corp.; deputy director of advance for Clinton campaign.
* David Dam: Public affairs assistant at Commerce Department; on field office staff in Clinton campaign.
* Adam Darling: Public affairs specialist for International Trade Administration at Commerce Department; deputy director of Clinton inaugural events, assistant scheduler in California for Clinton campaign.
* Lynn E. Davis: Undersecretary of state for international security affairs; vice president of RAND.