CHHS Secretary Dooley Appointed Governor Brown’s Executive Secretary

On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown announced California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Diana Dooley has been appointed his executive secretary. The role of the executive secretary ostensibly serves as the chief of staff in the governor’s office. The position was previously held by Nancy McFadden who passed away in March following a battle with ovarian cancer.

Dooley has served as CHHS Secretary since 2011 and previously worked as the legislative director and special assistant in the Office of Governor Brown from 1975 to 1983. Michael Wilkening has been appointed CHHS Secretary where he has served as undersecretary since 2008. Michelle Baass will assume the Wilkening’s previous role as undersecretary; Baass has served as deputy secretary of the CHHS Office of Program and Fiscal Affairs since 2017.

The full press announcement from Governor Brown is available here.