California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom announces first hires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Hillary Clinton staffer Ann O’Leary will serve as chief of staff to Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, the incoming governor announced Friday.
Newsom also hired former California Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos to be his cabinet secretary.
O’Leary and Matosantos are Newsom’s first two hires for his incoming administration. Newsom will be sworn in as governor in January.
O’Leary will be Newsom’s highest ranking staffer and will help lead his transition team. She was a senior policy adviser to Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also worked in former President Bill Clinton’s administration.
Matosantos will help the governor oversee state agencies in what is typically the second-highest ranking cabinet position. She served as finance director for both outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“I pledged an administration that would dream big and demand more - and draw on the talents of some of the most capable public servants in America,” Newsom said in a statement. “That’s what Ann and Ana represent - lives of unrivaled professional accomplishment paired with a personal determination to serve the public good.”
Newsom also unveiled a new transition website where people can give feedback on his policy priorities and apply for jobs in his administration.