SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Tim Rainey, 53, of Elk Grove, has been reappointed as executive director of the California Workforce Development Board, where he has held this position since 2011. Rainey was director of the Workforce and Economic Development Program at the California Labor Federation of 2005 to 2011. He was director of policy for the California Workforce Association from 1998 to 2005. Rainey was a consultant to the California State Senate Majority Caucus from 1998 to 1999. He was an assistant in the office of the California State Senate. Assembly member Deborah Ortiz from 1997 to 1998. No Senate confirmation required and compensation is $ 171,852. Rainey is a Democrat.
Curtis Notsinneh, 41, of Sacramento, has been reappointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the California Workforce Development Board, where he has held this position since 2018. Notsinneh was Director of Public Affairs at Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation from 2014 to 2017 , director of policy and member of the California State Assembly Bureau, Tom Ammiano from 2011 to 2014, and appointed member of the California Council on Criminal Justice from 2009 to 2013. He was a senior consultant to the member of the California State Assembly Office Jerry Hill 2009-2011, Deputy State Director Drug Policy Alliance 2007-2008 and California State Assembly Office Legislative Assistant Jackie Goldberg of 2000 to 2007. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the remuneration is $ 138,360. Notsinneh is a Democrat.
Fahizah Alim, 72, of Sacramento, has been reappointed as deputy director of communications at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, where she has held that position since 2013. Alim served as director of communications for the state senator. California Curren Price from 2009 to 2013. She was communications director for California State Senator Roderick Wright from 2008 to 2009 and for California State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas from 2007 to 2008. Alim a held several positions at the Sacramento Bee from 1980 to 2006, including senior writer, columnist and editor. . This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $ 128,304. Alim is a Democrat.
Janette Wipper, 48, of San Francisco, has been re-appointed as chief counsel for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, where she has held that position since 2018. Wipper has served as regional director for the U.S. Department of Work from 2014 to 2018. She was a partner at Sanford Heisler LLP from 2006 to 2013. Wipper held legal positions at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest from 2004 to 2006, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of 2002 to 2004 and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 1999 to 2002. She obtained a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 196,944. Wipper is a Democrat.
Serenity Thompson, 49, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the digital services division at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Thompson was Head of Engagement and Retention Marketing at the California State Lottery from 2020-2021. She was Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at TripActions in 2020 and Head of Marketing and Communications at myDigitalOffice from 2017 to 2020. Thompson was Vice President of Marketing at Switchfly from 2013 to 2016 and Director of Marketing and Communications at Serena Software from 2008 to 2013. Thompson received an MBA from the University of San Francisco. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and the compensation is $ 160,000. Thompson is a Democrat.
Ana Cubas, 51, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California Law Revision Commission, where she has served since 2019. Cubas has been an Assistant Professor for the Los Angeles Community College District since 2017. She was Head of Government Affairs at Vanir Construction. Management from 2016 to 2017. She was Project Manager at HDR from 2014 to 2015. She obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Policy in Urban and Regional Planning from the Princeton University. This position requires confirmation from the Senate and compensation is $ 100 per day. Cubas is a Democrat.
Mark Luque, 46, of Bakersfield, has been named to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Luque has served as the Bakersfield City School District Superintendent since 2021, where he has held several positions since 2014 including Assistant Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, and Director of Program and Standards. Luque held several positions in the Delano Union School District from 2006 to 2014, including Deputy Superintendent of Programs and Education, Director of Studies and Principal. He obtained a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from California State University at Bakersfield. This position does not require confirmation from the Senate and there is no compensation. Luque is recorded without party preference.