SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Moisés Moreno-Rivera, 30, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant secretary for equity and environmental justice at the California Natural Resources Agency. Moreno-Rivera has been the Tribal Liaison Assistant for the National Water Resources Control Council since 2019, where he was an Environmental Justice Specialist from 2018 to 2019. He was the Central Coast Program Coordinator at the Coalition for the environmental justice for water from 2017 to 2018, Assistant graduate for Multicultural Affairs and Diversity at the University of Florida from 2015 to 2017 and human rights instructor at Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Education and Library Center in 2013 to 2015. Moreno-Rivera is a member of the Water Solutions Network, Golden Key International Honor Society and Cal Bears in the Wilderness. He obtained a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 132,000. Moreno-Rivera is a Democrat.
Jennifer “Jen” Benedet, 38, of Anderson, has been appointed Assistant Deputy Director of Communications, Education and Outreach in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, where she served as R3 Coordinator. statewide and marketer since 2018. Benedet was a consultant on the Siskiyou Lake Trout Restoration Project from 2017 to 2018, an advisor to One Conservation Network from 2016 to 2017 and Director of the State of California / Western US Outreach Coordinator at Sportsmen’s Alliance from 2015 to 2016. She was a Library Technician and History Hall Specialist for the City of Carlsbad from 2013 to 2015, Community Organizer at the Alliance for African Assistance from 2009 to 2010, case manager at Team Coordinating Agency Inc. from 2007 to 2008 and respite worker at the Humboldt Child Care Council from 2002 to 2005. She obtained a master’s degree in Arts in Social Anthropology. and Cultural Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of New Hampshire. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 117,000. Benedet is registered without party preference.
Wendy L. Bogdan, 52, of Sacramento, was reappointed General Counsel in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, where she held this position since 2015 and was Deputy Chief Counsel from 2012 to 2015. Bogdan was a partner at Downey Brand LLP from 2007 to 2011, where she was a partner from 2000 to 2007. She was a lawyer in Northern California Legal Services from 1998 to 2000. Bogdan is a member of the California Bar Association. She received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 181,800. Bogdan is a Democrat.
Jordan Traverso, 45, of Sacramento, has been re-appointed Assistant Director of Communications in the Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she has worked since 2008. Traverso was Director of Communications at Consumer Attorneys of California from 2007 to 2008, Director of communications at the California Restaurant Association from 2004 to 2007, director of public liaison for California State Treasurer Phil Angelides from 2003 to 2004 and deputy press secretary in the office of Governor Gray Davis from 2000 to 2003. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 128,856. Traverso is recorded without the party preference.
William Liu, 60, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Gambling Control Commission. Liu has been a member of the California Gambling Control Commission’s Gaming Policy Advisory Committee since 2017. He was CFO of the California Department of Technology from 2009 to 2015, Branch Head of the California Department of Health Services from 2006 to 2009 and Chief Audit Executive for the California Earthquake Authority from 1997 to 2006. Liu is Treasurer of the Asia Pacific State Employees Association Foundation. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 159,068. Liu is registered without the party preference.
Lisa Silverman, 54, of Pilot Hill, has been reappointed as Executive Director of the Office of Public School Construction in the Department of General Services, where she had held this position since 2012. Silverman was Deputy Executive Director of the Office of the public education from 2010 to 2012. Silverman was Senior Management Auditor and Head of Tax Services at the Office of Public School Construction from 2006 to 2010 and was a Corporate Tax Specialist and Associate Tax Auditor for the Council Equalization from 1997 to 2006. She was a Tax Associate Auditor and Hearing Officer for the Franchise Tax Commission from 1984 to 1997. Silverman is Treasurer for Latino Sports Outreach and Parent Volunteer for the Oak Ridge High School Football Program. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the remuneration is $ 141,432. Silverman is a Democrat.
Kristin “Chach” Sikes, 46, of Los Angeles, has been appointed senior engineer in the office of digital innovation, where she has served as a full-stack web developer since 2020. Sikes was a senior engineer for the marketing department of the company. ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2017 to 2020. She was Lead Architect and Web Engineer at TokenIQ from 2018 to 2019. Sikes was Software Engineer at MapLight from 2015 to 2017. She was Front-End Engineer and Vice President of Engineering at CivicInsight from 2013 to 2015. Sikes was a senior engineer at the Mukurtu Center for Digital Archeology from 2012 to 2014. She was a member of Code for American in 2011. Sikes was a web developer at Quilted Co.op in 2010. She was a Drupal developer at the Science Museum of Minnesota from 2007 to 2009. Sikes was Multimedia Specialist at the Exploratorium from 2004 to 2007. She is a member of the Aroma Discord and Nerds for Nature. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 147,576. Sikes is a Democrat.
Rana H. Banankhah, 16, from Modesto, has been appointed to the National Board of Education. Banankhah has been Josh Harder’s organizing member for Congress since 2020. She is Vice President of San Joaquin Valley Writers, Associate Director of Operations of Generation Up and Member of the California Scholarship Federation. Banankhah serves on several committees for schools in Modesto City, including the Inter-High Council, the Student Advisory Council, the District Wellness Committee, and the Local Control and Accountability Plan Committee. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and the pay is $ 100 per day. Banankhah is not registered to vote.