Governor Newsom announces appointments 3.4.22

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SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Lisa Powell, 45, of Berkeley, has been named general counsel for the California Agency for Labor and Workforce Development. Powell has served as an Assistant San Francisco City Attorney since 2019, where she serves as general counsel for the San Francisco Bureau of Labor Standards Enforcement, Bureau of Labor and Economic Development, and Commission on public service. She served as staff counsel for the US Office of Special Counsel from 2016 to 2019. Powell served as staff counsel for the National Education Association from 2012 to 2016. She also served as Staff Director for the US Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of the government, federal labor, and the District of Columbia from 2008 to 2012, and chief investigative adviser to the subcommittee in 2007 and 2008. Powell was a partner at Bredhoff & Kaiser from 2005 to 2007. She was an Arthur Liman Fellow attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project from 2004 to 2005. Powell served as legal clerk for Judge Betty Binns Fletcher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2003 to 2004. She was a Fellow Truman for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs of the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 1999 to 2000. Powell earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $192,552. Powell is a Democrat. Erin Hickey, 33, of West Sacramento, has been appointed assistant secretary of communications at the California Agency for Labor and Workforce Development. Hickey has served as Capitol Director in Senator Ben Hueso’s office since 2021, where she served as director of communications from 2017 to 2021. She was a legal assistant at Hellman, Yates & Tisdale, attorneys and attorneys at law from 2011 to 2017. Hickey was a Consultant at the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance from 2009 to 2017. She was a government programs specialist at Benefitfocus from 2009 to 2010, where she was a corporate communications specialist from 2008 to 2009. Hickey earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Charleston School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $139,368. Hickey is a Democrat. Amy Faulkner, 44, of Elk Grove, has been named chief deputy director of California’s Department of Employment Development. Faulkner has served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Operations at the California Department of Employment Development since 2021 and served as Deputy Director of the Department’s Policy, Accountability, and Compliance Branch from 2020 to 2021. Faulkner also served as head of the Labor Market Information Division at California Employment Development. Department from 2018 to 2020. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the salary is $180,600. Faulkner is a Democrat. Kim Rigg, 54, of Folsom, has been appointed superintendent of education in the Juvenile Justice Division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has served as deputy superintendent of education since 2017. She was Supervisor of Correctional Education Programs in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2016 to 2017. Rigg served as Supervisor of Academic Education at NA Chaderjian High School in the Juvenile Justice Division from 2013 to 2016. She served as teacher mentor and teacher at NA Chaderjian, OH Close, DeWitt Nelson, and Karl Holton High Schools in the Juvenile Justice Division from 2001 to 2013. Rigg was a math teacher at the Stockton Unified School District from 2003 to 2004, and was an Independent Studies teacher at Valley High School Atwater Campus from 1999-2000. Rigg was a teacher at Vista High School from 1997-1998, Lodi Community School from 1996-1997, and Valley High School from 1993 to 1996. Rigg earned a Masters of Education in Educational Counseling from California State University, Stanislaus. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $179,832. Rigg is recorded without party preference. James Hill, 48, of Imperial, has been appointed warden of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Men’s Facility, California, where he has served as acting warden since 2021. He has held several positions at the California prison. State of Centinela from 2002 to 2021, including Deputy Warden, Associate Warden, Correctional Captain, Correctional Lieutenant, Correctional Sergeant, Correctional Counselor and Correctional Officer. Hill served as associate warden at Calipatria State Prison from 2018 to 2019 and correctional captain at California Women’s Facility from 2014 to 2016. Hill served as a corrections officer at Salinas Valley State Prison in 2000 to 2002. Jailed from 1998 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the salary is $171,060. Hill is a Republican. Glen Pratt, 51, of Ontario, has been appointed director of the California Rehabilitation Center at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been acting director since 2020. He has held several positions at the California Department’s California Institution for Men of Corrections and Rehabilitation Services from 1998 to 2020, including Deputy Warden, Associate Warden, Correctional Captain, Correctional Lieutenant and Correctional Sergeant. Pratt served as a correctional officer at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison from 1995 to 1998. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the pay is $171,060. Pratt is a Republican. Gail Willis, 59, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the State Staff Council. Willis has been a math educator and prevention/intervention specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1996. She served as the Southern California Special Assistant to the California Department of Insurance from 2016-2018. She is a member of the California Teachers Association and vice-president. of the South Los Angeles Planning Commission. Willis earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Public Policy and a Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $52,794. Willis is a Democrat.

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