California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names

The purpose of California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names (CACGN) is to provide recommendations to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names regarding California names for official use in federal publications. The California Natural Resources Agency is the CACGN executive sponsor.

The full CACGN Charter that sets forth the roles, responsibilities and terms of engagement can be found HERE.

You are invited to our upcoming meeting via Zoom!

When: May 7, 2021 9:30am - 3:00pm

Topic: California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names Meeting


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or by Telephone:


            USA 214 765 0479 US Toll

            USA 888 278 0296 US Toll-free

            Conference code: 596019

Appointed Members:

(as of 4/15/21)

Committee Members:

  • Clayton Guiraud, Department of Water Resources
  • Daniel Walsh, Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Richard Lis, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Janine Bird, Department of Conservation
  • Tiffany Meyer, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Acting Chair)
  • Christina Snider, Native American Heritage Commission
  • Greg Lucas, California State Library
  • Susan Anderson, California African American Museum

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting):

  • Amar Azucena Cid, Department of Transportation
  • Assemblymember James C. Ramos, Select Committee on Native American Affairs
  • Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., Legislative Black Caucus
  • Assemblymember Luz Rivas, Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
  • Senator Susan Eggman, Legislative LGBTQ Caucus
  • Designee TBD, Legislative Women’s Caucus

Federal Advisors (non-voting):

  • United States Geological Survey
  • United States Bureau of Land Management
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • United States Forest Service
  • National Park Service

Emeritus Advisors (non-voting):

  • Jim Trumbly, former Chair, retired State Parks
  • Will Patterson, past member, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Information regarding upcoming meetings can be found HERE

Looking to propose or change a geographic name? Find out how to submit an application to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names HERE.