May 31, 2024

Appointments Secretary Cathryn Rivera to depart, new Appointments Secretary named

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of Morgan Carvajal as Appointments Secretary in the Office of the Governor, filling the role held by Cathryn Rivera since June 2019.

“Cathryn has done tremendous work to help build an administration that better reflects Californians’ rich diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. I’m grateful for her deep commitment to public service and wish Cathryn well in her next chapter.

“Morgan has been a key member of the appointments team over the past four years, and I thank her for her leadership in continuing this important work at every level of state government to better serve all Californians.” 

Governor Gavin Newsom

Morgan Carvajal, of Sacramento, has been named Appointments Secretary in the Office of the Governor, where she has served as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary since 2020. Carvajal was a Legislative Advocate for the California Medical Association from 2018 to 2020 and for Hernandez Strategy Group LLC from 2013 to 2018. She served as a Legislative Aide in the Office of State Senator Fran Pavley from 2010 to 2013 and was an Operations Development Assistant for Sonoma State University from 2006 to 2010. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $228,492. Carvajal is a Democrat.