Mr. Vandermolen is completing his Juris Doctorate at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. His areas of focus are environmental law and tribal law. Mr. Vandermolen has published research about fully incorporating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in environmental analyses. He was appointed as Deputy Director at the California Transportation Commission leading research and policy for sustainable infrastructure funding under a transition to clean-energy transportation models. Mr. Vandermolen was Senior Consultant at the California State Assembly from 2009-2017, where he analyzed and proposed legislation in the areas of transportation, education, housing, and public safety. He was also a primary point of contact for legislative parliamentary procedure at the California State Assembly.
Mr. Vandermolen earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento and was selected for the highly competitive Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship in 2009. He has served on a number of boards of directors for nonprofit organizations and assisted with reorganization, revitalization, and training to improve their effectiveness. Additionally, he is involved with the Anthony Kennedy Inn of Court and advises the Sutter Buttes Land Trust.