SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Tom Osborne, 50, of Loomis, has been appointed deputy director of homeland security for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Osborne has served in several positions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 1996, most recently as assistant special agent in charge of its National Security Branch in Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $161,220. Osborne is a Republican.
Alicia Albornoz, 30, of Sacramento, has been appointed business services manager at California Complete Count – Census 2020. Albornoz has served as communications and improvement initiatives analyst at the Government Operations Agency since 2018, where she was an administrative and legislative analyst from 2016 to 2018. She held multiple positions at the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency from 2013 to 2016, including office assistant and office technician. Albornoz was an office assistant at the State and Consumer Services Agency from 2012 to 2013. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $79,008. Albornoz is registered without party preference.
Linda Darling-Hammond, 67, of Stanford, has been appointed to the Educational Commission of the States. Darling-Hammond has been Charles E. Ducommun professor emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, since 2017 where she was a professor from 1998 to 2017. She has been president of the Learning Policy Institute since 2015. Darling-Hammond was founder and co-director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education from 2008 to 2017, and faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program from 1998 to 2005. She served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future from 1994 to 2001. Darling-Hammond held an endowed professorship at Teachers College, Columbia University from 1989 to 1998 and was director of the RAND Corporation’s education program from 1979 to 1989. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Education and the State Board of Education. Darling-Hammond earned a Doctor of Education degree is urban education from Temple University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Darling-Hammond is a Democrat.
Tony Thurmond, 51, of Richmond, has been appointed to the Educational Commission of the States. Thurmond has served as California State Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2019. He served as an Assemblymember in the California State Assembly from 2014 to 2019. Thurmond was director of youth education for the Lincoln Child Center from 2012 to 2014. He served as a member of the West Contra Costa Unified School Board from 2008 to 2012 and a member of the Richmond City Council from 2005 to 2008. He earned a Master of Law and Social Policy degree and a Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Thurmond is a Democrat.
Alexander Ding, 39, of Belmont, has been appointed to the Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Ding has been a managing partner at California Advanced Imaging, and attending physician at San Mateo Medical Center and at Mills Peninsula Medical Center since 2013. Ding served in several positions in the Navy Reserve Medical Corps from 2009 to 2019, including lieutenant and lieutenant commander. He held multiple positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2008 to 2013, including chief fellow, fellow physician and resident physician. He was an intern physician at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center from 2007 to 2008. Ding is a member of the American Medical Association and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2013. Ding earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and a Master of Science degree in health and medical sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ding is a Democrat.
Audrey Dow, 44, of Hacienda Heights, has been appointed to the Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Dow has been senior vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity since 2016, where she held several positions from 2009 to 2016, including vice president of external affairs and operations and community affairs director. She was a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2008 and program and policy director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality from 2002 to 2007. Dow was special assistant to the secretary at the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency from 1999 to 2002 and a client services representative for Contreras-Sweet Communications from 1997 to 1999. She earned a Master of Arts degree in public affairs from Princeton University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Dow is a Democrat.
Nuriel Moghavem, 30, of Mountain View, has been appointed to the Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Moghavem has been a resident physician at the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences since 2018. He was a resident physician in internal medicine at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center from 2017 to 2018 and a legislative assistant in the Office of California State Assemblymember Richard Gordon from 2015 to 2016. Moghavem earned a Doctor of Medicine degree concentrated in health services and policy research from the Stanford School of Medicine. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Moghavem is a Democrat.