California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Julie Henderson as Director of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).
Henderson has served as Acting Director of DPR since July 2021.
“My vision for my role at DPR is to accelerate the transition to safer and more sustainable pest control,” Henderson said. “While DPR’s work has long focused on promoting reduced-risk pest management, accelerating the adoption of safer and more sustainable tools and practices in agricultural and urban settings is critical to making advance our mission of protecting human health and the environment.
Henderson served as the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) Assistant Secretary for Public Policy since November 2017. While at CalEPA, she worked closely with the DPR on priority initiatives.
Previously, Henderson also served as Senior Advisor to Governor Brown and Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General.
Henderson said his priorities over the next year include expanding the DPR’s engagement with communities, expanding the statewide notification system, and improving language access. She also wants to strengthen the partnership with the County Agriculture Commissioners to prioritize enforcement efforts and continue to work with growers, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agriculture sector as broad, university researchers and other partners including UC Cooperative Extension and CSU Agricultural Research Institute.
The DPR registers all pesticides sold or used in California, conducts scientific evaluation of pesticide products to assess and mitigate potential harm to human health or the environment, monitors pesticides in the air, water and society , and enforces pesticide regulations in coordination with agriculture in 55 counties. commissioners and its 400 field inspectors.
DPR also conducts awareness activities to ensure that pesticide workers, farm workers and local communities have access to safety information, and invests in research to encourage the development and adoption of tools and integrated pest management practices.