Chief Legal Counsel
In May 2013, Governor Brown appointed Stephanie as chief counsel at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Shimazu has been an attorney at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs since 2013. She was an attorney at the California Department of Social Services in 2013 and held multiple positions at the California Gambling Control Commission from 2007 to 2012, including chairperson and commissioner. Shimazu was deputy legal affairs secretary at the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2004 to 2007 and was staff counsel at the California Department of Social Services from 2001 to 2003. She was deputy legislative counsel at the State of California Office of Legislative Counsel from 1999 to 2001, staff counsel at the California Department of Corrections from 1997 to 1999 and deputy city attorney for the City of Sacramento from 1995 to 1997. Shimazu earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.