Governor-Elect Newsom Announces First Key Appointments

Governor-elect Gavin Newsom late last week announced two key appointments to his incoming administration – Ann O’Leary has been named chief of staff and Ana Matosantos has been named cabinet secretary.

O’Leary was previously a senior policy adviser for the Clinton Administration, as well as a senior policy adviser for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. She served as an adviser to President Barack Obama’s transition team on early childhood education issues and is the founding executive director of the UC Berkeley School of Law Center on Health, Economic, and Family Security. Matosantos was the director of the California Department of Finance for Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown; she left in 2014 to open her own consulting firm. Previously, she was a deputy legislative secretary and worked in the California Health and Human Services Agency and California State Senate.

Over the coming weeks and months, additional appointments will be announced by Governor-elect Newsom. Both O’Leary and Matosantos will be sworn in with Newsom and other staff appointees on January 7, 2019.