Governor Jerry Brown appointed him this month to replace Caroll Mortensen, who was director since October 2011. Mortensen is now senior environmental specialist in CalRecycle’s Legislative and External Affairs Office, agency spokesperson Mark Oldfield told Resource Recycling.
CalRecycle is best know for administering the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, know as the Bottle Bill program. But it also runs programs for recycling electronic waste, tires, mattresses and carpet, and other hard-to-dispose-of products. CalRecycle has over 741 employees and a budget of $1.5 billion,
Smithline received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law in 2000. He was a fellow at the law school’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic from 2000 to 2001.
He was a principal at Smithline Group from 2008 to 2011, during which he was director of Future 500's Global Stakeholder Initiative on Climate Change. He was a consultant at Environmental Science Associates in 2010 and 2011.
Smithline, a Democrat, entered public service in 2011 as assistant director for policy development at CalRecycle. Compensation for his new position, which requires Senate confirmation, is $153,960 a year.
Scott Smithline is credited with co-founding MidtownGrid.com, an online Sacramento directory and promotional site now called DowntownGrid, in 2004 with his wife, Julia Seebach, and Brian Fischer.