Governor Newsom announces appointments 5.17.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Jennifer Sturdy, 44, of Santa Rosa, has been appointed assistant secretary for assessment at the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Sturdy has been a Senior Evaluation Specialist at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation since 2021. She held several positions at the Millennium Challenge Corporation from 2011 to 2021, including Evaluation Policy and Practice Advisor, Director Independent Evaluations and Associate Director of Monitoring and Evaluation. Sturdy held several positions at the University of California, Berkeley from 2015 to 2018, including program director, advisor, and board member. She held several positions at the World Bank from 2005 to 2011, including short-term consultant and long-term consultant. Sturdy earned a Master of Arts in International Development Economics from the University of San Francisco. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $161,400. Sturdy is a Democrat.

Ted Richards, 63, of Sacramento, has been named chief attorney for the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Richards has been an independent attorney since 2020. He was general counsel in the Sacramento and Chico offices of Stander Reubens Thomas Kinsey from 1999 to 2020. Richards was an attorney at Naekel and Phenix in 1998 and 1999. He was a legal researcher at Beal, Schmidt & Dyer from 1995 to 1996 and at O’Connor, Cavanaugh et al from 1993 to 1995. Richards was a lawyer at Pacific Gas & Electric from 1989 to 1990, at Caldwell & Johnson from 1986 to 1987, and at Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft from 1985 to 1986. He is a member of the Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals. Richards earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $171,852. Richards is a Democrat.

Victoria Gonzalez-Gerlach, 31, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant secretary for external affairs at the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Gonzalez-Gerlach has served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for External Affairs at the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency since 2021 and as a Senior Advisor since 2020. She has held several positions in the office of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, of 2017 to 2020, including Director of Policy and Senior Policy Advisor. Gonzalez-Gerlach was Land Use Project Manager at Golden Steves & Gordon LLP from 2013 to 2017. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $144,480. Gonzalez-Gerlach is a Democrat.

Anthony Crawford, 38, of West Sacramento, has been named deputy director of tax and data management at the California Department of Human Resources. Crawford has been Chief of the Financial Management Division of the California Department of Human Resources since 2015. He held several positions in the California Department of Finance from 2011 to 2015, including Senior Program III Budget Analyst, Senior Program III Budget Analyst, Program II and staff finance budget. Analyst. Crawford served as director of personnel services in the financial management division of the California Department of Personnel Administration from 2010 to 2011. He held several positions with the California Department of Justice from 2001 to 2010, including associate analyst personnel, personnel services analyst and information systems technician. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,332. Crawford is recorded without party preference.

Jose Razo, 71, of San Mateo, was reappointed to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, where he has served since 2015. Razo was a partner at Laughlin, Falbo, Levy and Moresi from 2006 to 2015. He was associate at Pasternak and Razo from 1981 to 2006. Razo was an associate at Garry, Dreyfus, McTernan and Walsh from 1978 to 1981 and at the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society from 1977 to 1978. He was a Reginald Fellow Heber Smith of Howard University, where he worked with the Bakersfield Legal Aid Program and the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society from 1976 to 1978. He is a member of the Stanford University Alumni Association. Razo earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $166,306. Razo is a Democrat.

Shannon Dicus, 54, of Hesperia, has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. Dicus has been a sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since 2021, where he has held several positions since 1991, including deputy sheriff, deputy sheriff, chief, commander, lieutenant, sergeant, corporal and deputy. Dicus is a member of the steering committee of the Community Vital Signs Initiative. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Dicus is a Republican.

Michael Lopez, 55, of Fresno, has been appointed to the California Prison Industry Board. Lopez has been a trade representative with Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 since 2012. He held several positions with New England Sheet Metal from 1992 to 2012, including fabricator, estimator and shop foreman. Lopez is a member of the Fresno County Local Agency Training Board, City of Fresno Capital Projects Supervisory Board, Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings Central Labor Council, Focus Forward and Arte Americas. He is chairman of the Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings County Building Trades Council. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Lopez is a Democrat.

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