Governor-Elect Brown Announces Appointments
SACRAMENTO – Governor-Elect Jerry Brown today announced that Diana Dooley will be appointed the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency and Ana Matosantos will continue as Director of the California Department of Finance.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the Health and Human Services Agency,” Ms. Dooley said. “In these difficult times, it’s more important than ever to manage our health and social programs with efficiency and a sense of compassion. And that’s my commitment in taking this position.”
Diana Dooley is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Children’s Hospital Association. Prior to leading the Association, Ms. Dooley was General Counsel and Vice President for the Children’s Hospital Central California near Fresno.
She began her career as an analyst at the State Personnel Board and later served as Legislative Secretary and Special Assistant to Governor Jerry Brown from 1975 to 1983. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1995, she owned a public relations and advertising agency.
Ms. Dooley currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Maddy Institute Board of Directors at Fresno State University and of BloodSource in Sacramento and is past president of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, Planned Parenthood and the Central California Futures Institute.
Ms. Dooley is a native of Hanford, California. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University in 1972 and her law degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 1995.
“Diana has the skill, the experience and the human qualities to lead the Health and Human Services Agency,” Brown said.
Brown today also announced that he will reappoint Ana Matosantos as the Director of the California Department of Finance.
“I am honored to continue to serve California as Director of Finance,” Ms. Matosantos said. “As California confronts a multi-billion dollar structural deficit, I will do everything in my power to manage the budget process in a thoughtful and inclusive way.”
Ms. Matosantos joined the Department of Finance as Chief Deputy Director for Budgets in April 2008 and was appointed Director of Finance on December 31, 2009. From 2004 to 2007, she was a member of the Health and Human Services Agency staff, as an Assistant Secretary for programs and fiscal affairs, and as Associate Secretary for Legislative Affairs. In 2007, she served as Deputy Legislative Secretary for Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs in the Office of the Governor.
Prior to joining the Health and Human Services Agency and the Department of Finance, Ms. Matosantos worked for the California State Senate as a consultant to the Senate Committees on Health and Human Services and Budget and Fiscal Review.
Ms. Matosantos is a native of Puerto Rico. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University in 1997.
“Ana has what it takes to manage the Department of Finance during this period of fiscal crisis,” Brown said.
These positions require Senate confirmation. Additional appointments will be named in the weeks ahead.