SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Sharon Hilliard, 55, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed director of the Employment Development Department. Hilliard has been chief deputy director at the Employment Development Department since 2013, where she has held multiple positions since 1983, including deputy director of the tax branch, chief of the field audit and compliance division, chief of the tax processing and accounting division, chief of central operations and chief of underground economy operations. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $199,056. Hilliard is registered without party preference.
Bruce Saito, 68, of Long Beach, has been reappointed director of the California Conservation Corps, where he has served as director since 2015. Saito held multiple position at the Los Angeles Conservation Corps from 1985 to 2015, including executive director emeritus, senior advisor, executive director and deputy director. He was program manager at the California Conservation Corps from 1976 to 1986. Saito is president of Friends of Manzanar, a member of the board of directors for the Little Tokyo Senior Nutrition Center and a member of the Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors Commission. Saito was confirmed by the California State Senate as director of the California Conservation Corps in 2016. The compensation is $178,485. Saito is a Democrat.
Amy Chatfield Cameron, 47, of West Sacramento, has been reappointed chief deputy director of the California Conservation Corps, where she has served as chief deputy director since 2015. Cameron was education administrator at the California Department of Education from 2013 to 2015, where she held multiple positions from 2001 to 2007, including education programs assistant, special programs coordinator and associate governmental program analyst. She was a senior administrative analyst for the City of Sacramento/Port of West Sacramento from 2007 to 2012 and an aide at the Office of Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan from 1999 to 2001. She is a member of the Yolo County Neighborhood Court and a board member of Sacramento Loaves & Fishes. Cameron earned a Master of Arts degree in organizational management from Phoenix University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $154,140. Cameron is registered without party preference.
Daniel Millsap, 43, of Folsom, has been reappointed deputy of capital outlay programs at the California Conservation Corps, where he has served as deputy of capital outlay programs since 2018. He was project director III at the California Department of General Services from 2018 to 2019. Millsap help multiple positions at the California Department of Parks and Recreation from 2007 to 2018, including construction supervisor II, construction supervisor III, and construction supervisor II-lead. Millsap was project manager at 4Leaf Inc. from 2006 to 2007. He was regional health and safety supervisor and staff engineer at Kennedy Jenks Consultants from 2002 to 2006 and staff engineer at Kleinfelder from 2001 to 2002. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $148,200. Millsap is a Democrat.
Allison Wescott, 39, of Citrus Heights, has been appointed deputy director for the External Affairs Program at the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Wescott was strategic brand manager for Gannett/USA Today Network from 2016 to 2020. She served in multiple positions in the Office of Assemblymember Kristin Olsen from 2013 to 2016, including capitol director and communications director. She was a legislative aide for Assemblymember Diane Harkey from 2012 to 2013 and a legislative intern for Assemblymember Bill Berryhill from 2011 to 2012. She was office manager for the Accident and Sports Injury Clinic from 2006 to 2011. Wescott is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,004. Wescott is a Democrat.
Sean Maguire, 38, of Carmichael, has been reappointed to the California State Water Resources Control Board, where he has served as a member since 2018. Maguire held multiple positions at the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2015 to 2018, including supervising water resources control engineer and senior water resources control engineer. He held multiple positions at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants from 2003 to 2015, including water resources practice leader, senior associate engineer and senior staff engineer. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $159,068. Maguire is a Democrat.
Shannon Grove, 54, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the Governor’s Military Council. Grove has served as a Senator in the California State Senate since 2018, where she has vice chaired the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and been a member of the Senate Committee on Health since 2019. She was elected Senate Minority Leader of the California State Senate in 2019. She was an Assemblymember in the California State Assembly from 2010 to 2016. Grove was chief executive officer of Continental Labor and Staffing Resources from 1993 to 2010. Grove is the first female veteran ever to serve in the California State Legislature and the only woman veteran in the Senate. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Grove is a Republican.
Anne Bown-Crawford, 67, of Sacramento, has been reappointed director of the California Arts Council, where she has served as director since 2017. Bown-Crawford was director and department chair of arts and design at the Northern Humboldt Union High School District from1980 to 2017. She was a teacher for the Humboldt County Office of Education from 1978 to 1980. Bown-Crawford earned a Master of Education degree from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $159,180. Bown-Crawford is a Democrat.
Lilia Gonzales Chavez, 66, of Fresno, has been appointed to the California Arts Council. Gonzales Chavez has been executive director of the Fresno Arts Council since 2011. She was program officer of the San Joaquin Valley Workforce Funders Collaborative from 2009 to 2011 and a field representative for Assemblymember Juan Arambula from 2006 to 2009. Gonzales Chavez earned a Master of Arts degree in administrative leadership from Fresno Pacific University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Gonzales Chavez is a Democrat.
Alex Israel, 37, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Arts Council. Israel has been a contemporary artist since 2010, with a broad conceptual practice that examines Southern Californian culture, the entertainment industry and the American Dream. He was a salesperson for Hauser & Wirth Gallery from 2006 to 2008, an assistant for the artist Jason Rhoades from 2005 to 2006 and at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department in New York in 2004, and a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2003. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Israel is a Democrat.
Jonathan Moscone, 55, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the California Arts Council. Moscone has been chief producer of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts since 2015. He was artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater from 2000 to 2015. He is a member of the Homeless Prenatal Program Board of Directors and the board of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project. Moscone earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from the Yale School of Drama. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Moscone is a Democrat.