Governor Newsom announces appointments 9.10.21
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Erica Gonzalez, 43, of Pico Rivera, has been appointed assistant secretary for equity and strategic initiatives at the Agency for Business, Consumer Services and Housing. Gonzalez has been Vice President of Student and Family Support at Pueblo Nuevo Education and Development Group since 2018. She was Senior Policy Advisor in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2015 to 2017. She was Director of Public Policy and community partnerships at Green. Dot Public Schools from 2008 to 2013 and Associate Director of Barrio Action Youth and Family Center from 2006 to 2008. She was Intergovernmental Relations Analyst at the Los Angeles Community Development Commission from 2004 to 2006 and Project Manager and Grants Coordinator at Barrio Action Youth and Family Center from 2002 to 2004. Gonzalez obtained a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $ 157,176. Gonzalez is a Democrat.
Claudia E. Lopez, 37, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the Case Management Division in the Office of Tax Appeals. Lopez has been responsible for the Case Management Division at the Tax Appeals Office since 2021 and responsible for the Legal Support Section since 2020. She was an Appeal Process Specialist at the Tax Appeals Office from 2018 to 2020. Lopez has served as Deputy Head of the Commission Procedures Division at the Equalization Commission from 2013 to 2017. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the remuneration is $ 111,288. Lopez is a Democrat.
Amy Casias, 54, of Orangevale, has been appointed deputy director of program support for the Rehabilitation Programs Division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Casias has been the Associate Director of the Accounting Services Branch of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2018, where she has held several positions since 2014, including Accounting Officer III and Accounting Officer II. She was an owner and consultant at Amy Casias Consulting from 2012 to 2014. Casias was an accounting administrator for the California Fair Services Authority from 2011 to 2013. She held several positions at the California Exposition and State Fair from 1990 to 2011, including of Deputy Director General for Administration. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 167,316. Casias is registered without party preference.
Cindy Chavez, 57, of San José, has been appointed to the State and Community Corrections Board. Chavez was county supervisor for the 2sd District on the Santa Clara County Supervisory Board since 2013. She was Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA from 2009 to 2013 and Managing Director of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council from 2009 to 2012. She was a member of the City Council and vice-president. Mayor of the city of San José from 1999 to 2006. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and there is no remuneration. Chavez is a Democrat.
Kirk Haynes, 55, of Fresno, has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. Haynes has been the Chief Probation Officer in the Fresno County Probation Department since 2018, where he has held several positions since 1994, including Employment Specialist, Assistant Probation Officer I-IV, Director of Probation Services and director of the probation division. Haynes served as the CORE Program Instructor for the Police Academy State Center Regional Training Center from 2012 to 2018. He served as an Eligibility Officer for the Fresno County Department of Social Services in 1994. This post requires confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Haynes is a Democrat.