Senior Counsel, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Adrian Carpenter-McKinney currently works as Senior Staff Counsel to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Adrian previously served as a Panel Member for the California Cannabis Control Appeals Panel. She was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2018. Previously she served as a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. In her role, she worked on complex legal issues concerning the criminal justice system. Prior to serving in the Governor’s administration, Adrian was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Sacramento. There, she served as an Advisory Attorney for the Sacramento Police Department, Labor Relations, and the Community Development Department. She was also the lead prosecutor for all criminal filings and designed a new program targeted at serial inebriates in the City of Sacramento. Prior to her work with the City of Sacramento, Adrian was a Deputy District Attorney at the Sacramento District Attorneys’ Office. Adrian currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California ChangeLawyers (formerly the California Bar Foundation). She is the past-President of the Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association, the local African-American Bar Association in Sacramento County, sits on the Board of Directors for A.C.E. (Achievement, Commitment, Excellence) a non-profit organization focused on enhancing the lives of at-risk African-American male youth by providing them with the essential tools and exposure to enhance their cultural environment and awareness while gaining positive self-worth. She is also a California State Assembly Delegate, representing State Assembly District 3. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Occidental College, a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, with honors, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. Adrian currently lives in Plumas, Lake, CA with her husband, Terrance McKinney.