Newsom Appoints New CDSS Director

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Kimberley Johnson as director of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). Johnson served as deputy director of the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division at CDSS from 2018 to 2019, branch chief of CalWORKs and Child Care from 2017 to 2018, and branch chief of Child Care and Refugee Programs from 2015 to 2017. Johnson also previously served in other roles at nonprofit and educational settings, including as program director at the Children’s Network of Solano County. The position requires confirmation by the California State Senate.