Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 5.18.23

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:Jessica Brown, of Poway, has been appointed to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Brown has been a Disability Integration Associate Volunteer for American Red Cross since 2021. She was a Personal Caregiver from 2018 to 2021. She held several positions at Eanes-Westlake Innovative District from 2002 to 2018, including Principal, Assistant Principal, Special Education Teacher and 3rd Grade Teacher. Brown earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Brown is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Brown is registered without party preference. Nestor Nieves, of Pico Rivera, has been appointed to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Nieves has been Community Outreach Coordinator at Integrated Community Collaborative since 2020. Nieves has also been Operations Staff at Northwestern Mutual since 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Nieves is a Democrat. Michael Sweet, of San Francisco, has been appointed to and designated Chair of the California Citizens’ Compensation Commission. Sweet has been a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP since 2012, where he is Chair of the Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department and an Executive Committee Member. Sweet is a Commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and incoming President of the California Bankruptcy Forum. Sweet is a member of the California Democratic Central Committee and the Party Platform Committee. He is a member of the California Jewish Policial Action Committee and the Raoul Wallenberg San Francisco Jewish Democratic Club. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Sweet is a Democrat.Darrell Roberts, of Chula Vista, has been appointed to the California Citizens’ Compensation Commission. Roberts currently serves as a Battalion Chief at the City of Chula Vista Fire Department, where he has served as a Firefighter since 2001. Roberts has been President of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2180 since 2014. He is 1st District Vice President at California Professional Firefighters. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Roberts is a Democrat.Yvonne Wheeler, of Long Beach, has been appointed to the California Citizens’ Compensation Commission. Wheeler has been President at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor since 2022. She was an International Business Representative at IATSE International in 2022. Wheeler was a National Representative at the American Federation of Government Employees from 2014 to 2022 and a Special Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer there from 2012 to 2014. Wheeler was an Area Field Services Representative at the AFL-CIO from 2002 to 2009. She was President at Communications Workers of America Local 9586 from 1999 to 2002 and Vice President there from 1996 to 1999. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Wheeler is a Democrat.Margaret Wong, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Citizens’ Compensation Commission, where she has served since 2017. Wong has been President and Chief Executive Officer at McWong International Inc. since 1985 and at Golden California Inc. since 2014. Wong was Vice President at American Savings and Loans from 1983 to 1984. She was a Corporate Controller at Bostrom Management Corporation from 1974 to 1983. Wong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Finance and Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Wong is a Republican.

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