Gov-elect Newsom senior staff appointments point to fast start for next administration

By Michael Shaw

Capitol Update, Nov. 14, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Not wasting any time getting rolling to take over as the 40th California governor, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom late last week named two key appointments that indicate he will hit the ground running.

Ann O’Leary will lead his transition team and serve in the pivotal role of Chief of Staff when the new administration takes over in early January. She comes from a Washington, D.C. background with strong ties the President Bill Clinton in his administration and Secretary Hillary Clinton in her Senate office and presidential campaign. The outsider choice is one that Sacramento insiders will pick at for some time, but the choice clearly indicates that the incoming governor is not wed to existing Capitol ways.

Gov.-elect Newsom also announced that Capitol veteran Ana Matosantos will return to the first floor of the “Building”, this time as Cabinet Secretary overseeing the government operations across state government. She has a wealth of Capitol experience, including a a bipartisan stint as Director of the Department of Finance for Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her experience in both administrations directing the state budget means that she has a strong handle on government operations finances.

Other key appointments that are expected soon include the Legislative Secretary and Appointments Secretary as well as several regulatory agency appointments that may be vacant when he enters office. Many insiders believe that the Legislative Affairs Secretary will be with strong California Capitol experience. The Appointments Secretary will also be very influential in overseeing thousands of appointments to agencies, departments and numerous boards and commissions. 


CMTA lobbyists are working to make sure that California manufacturers are at the table with the new administration ready to work together.

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