Governor Newsom announces appointments 10.26.22

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Jessica M. Pitt, 58, of Berkeley, has been appointed deputy undersecretary for health workforce at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Pitt has served as Executive Director of HealthPATH at Alameda Health System since 2015. She served as Regional Director of Workforce at Design It-Build It-Ship-It from 2013-2015. Pitt was responsible for the initiative for the Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative at the San Francisco Foundation from 2006 to 2013. She is a member of the Homebridge Board of Directors. Pitt earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $159,168. Pitt is a Democrat.

Carole Vigne, 43, of San Francisco, has been appointed Chief Counsel in the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Vigne has served as General Counsel and Deputy Director of the California Department of Employment Development since 2020. Vigne held several positions with Workplace Legal Aid from 2014-2020, including Director of the Wage Protection Program, senior attorney and attorney. She was a partner at Rukin, Hyland, Doria & Tindall LLP from 2009 to 2011. Vigne was a Skadden Fellow at Legal Aid at Work from 2007 to 2009. She is a board member of Mujeres Unidas y Activas. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $184,332. Vine is saved without party preference.

Ralph Montano, 55, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant director for external affairs at the California Department of State Hospitals, where he has served as Information Officer III since 2021 and Information Officer II from 2013 to 2020. Montano has held multiple positions with the Department of Public Health between 2008 and 2021, including Information Officer II and Information Officer I. He served as the Neighborhood Resource Coordinator for the City of Sacramento from 2007 to 2008. Montano was a reporter for the Sacramento Bee from 1999 to 2007 and a reporter for the San Bernardino Sun from 1995 to 1999. Montano was a reporter for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from 1992 to 1995 and for the Sherman Democrat from 1990 to 1992. Montano is a member of the Girl Scout Troop 569, Sacramento Buddhist Church. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $118,056. Montano is a Democrat.

Katherine Warburton, 49, of Napa, has been appointed statewide medical director at the California Department of State Hospitals, where she has served as assistant director of clinical operations since 2011. Warburton was the senior supervising psychiatrist at the monitoring and surveillance of hospitals at the California Department of Mental Health from 2010 to 2011. She held several positions at the California Department of Mental Health, Napa State Hospital between 2006 and 2009, including chief of forensic psychiatry and psychiatrist of the personal. Warburton earned a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Serious Mental Illness Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee and the NRI Research Institute Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Western Cabinet of the Council of Medical Directors of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $389,292. Warburton is recorded without party preference.

Malayna B. Babb, 48, of Sacramento, has been appointed labor relations manager with the California Department of Human Resources. Babb has served as Labor Relations Manager II in the California Department of Human Resources since 2013. She served as Labor Relations Manager I in the Department of Developmental Services from 2010 to 2013. Babb has held several positions with the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation from 2005 until 2010, including Labor Relations Manager I and Labor Relations Specialist. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,156. Babb is recorded without party preference.

Peter Frangel, 37, of Lincoln, has been named an executive advisor to the California Department of Rehabilitation’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. Frangel has been responsible for Personnel Services I in the Department of Rehabilitation since 2019 and has held several positions there since 2014, including as Innovation Project Specialist and Associate Government Program Analyst. Frangel was an engineering student assistant in the Department of General Services from 2011 to 2014. He was a principal consultant and data scientist at Hromiko & Associates LLC. from 2007 to 2011. Frangel served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2004 to 2006. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $109,812. Frangel is a Republican.

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