Miriam Barcellona Ingenito
Miriam Barcellona Ingenito was appointed Undersecretary of GovOps by Governor Gavin Newsom in August 2022. Ingenito was the first Director of the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) since its formal recognition as the Department of FI$Cal in July 2016. She began her tenure at FI$Cal in September 2015 with the benefit of 20 years of public policy experience in California State government. Her range of expertise includes legislative, fiscal, administrative and environmental issues. Miriam served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control from 2013 to 2015. Previously, she served as the Deputy Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2011 to 2013, Deputy Director of Legislation at the California Department of Finance from 2009 to 2011 and as a principal consultant for the California Senate Committee on Appropriations from 2001 to 2009. Additionally, she held positions in policy and analysis at the California Resources Agency and the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. Miriam received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco, and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.
Deputy Secretary, Human Resources
Prior to his appointment, William A. Brown Jr., served as Chief Human Resources Officer for the Riverbank Unified School District and Director of Human resources at the West Contra Costa Unified School District. In these positions, he led contract negotiations, policy development, and recruitment. He previously served as Principal at Davis Senior High School, Smythe Academy and Foothill High School. In these positions, his schools outperformed all schools in their respective Districts. Also, he was awarded with the Sacramento County Principal’s Arts Leadership Award as well as his school’s being featured in local media for academic performance. Prior to that Brown served as Vice Principal, Counselor, Outreach Consultant, and coached football at Grant High School. He earned a Master of Science degree National University and Bachelor’s from Fresno State University.
Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Accountability
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Drown was executive director of the Little Hoover Commission for more than seven years, where he managed the citizen-led commission’s staff and study process. Before joining government, Mr. Drown was city editor of the Sacramento Bee. His two-decade newspaper career included stints as business editor, labor writer, and metro reporter at various daily newspapers. Mr. Drown has a Master’s degree in public policy and a Bachelor degree in economics from UC Berkeley.
Julie Whitten, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Accountability
Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Policy and Administration
Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Mr. Howard served in a number of capacities at the California Department of Finance, including as Program Budget Manager from 2015 to 2017, Assistant Program Budget Manager from 2013 to 2015, and Principal Program Budget Analyst from 2010 to 2013. In these roles, Mr. Howard oversaw state-wide budget development, implementation and fiscal policy for several state departments, local government programs and Redevelopment Agency Dissolution. Prior to his state career, Mr. Howard worked in Logistics for Target Corporation. Mr. Howard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from California State University, Sacramento.
Michael.Miyao, Fiscal and Administration Manager
Jackie Gutto, Receptionist
Deputy Secretary for Tax
Jiwon Jeong has focused her career on California tax policy and consulting. Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Jiwon was a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP’s National State and Local Tax practice specializing in California tax. In that role she represented taxpayers before California’s tax agencies and served as a subject matter expert on California franchise and income tax, California tax policy, and California legislative and regulatory developments. She also served as the firm’s expert on the California Competes Tax Credit program and assisted businesses that wanted to create jobs and grow in California with tax credit agreements awarded by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Jiwon is a member of the California State Bar and received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics from Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.
Deputy Secretary for Strategic Development
Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Ms. Soto-Taylor, worked at Covered California as Senior Consultant from 2015 – 2019 and as Deputy Director of Community Relations from 2012 – 2014 where she launched the Affordable Care Act’s state-wide Outreach and Education Campaign and Enrollment Assistance Programs. From 1997 – 2012 Ms. Soto-Taylor held various senior management and leadership positions at the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board in the areas of Eligibility, Enrollment and Marketing, Benefits and Quality Monitoring, Legislation, and External Affairs. Prior to joining state-service Ms. Soto-Taylor was as a bilingual community health educator and administrator of health care programs in the private sector. Ms. Soto-Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education and Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University.
Deputy Secretary for Legislation
Prior to her appointment, Christina was vice president of state government relations at the California Bankers Association. She was capitol director for Assemblymember Blanca Rubio from 2016 to 2018, chief lobbyist and legislative director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California from 2014 to 2016 and legislative director in the Office of California State Assembly Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez from 2013 to 2014. Spagnoli was senior legislative aide in the Office of California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Nora Campos from 2011 to 2013, scheduler and legislative aide in the Office of Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo from 2010 to 2011 and a fellow in the Office of Assemblymember Dave Jones from 2008 to 2009.
Bryan O’Dell, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Legislation
Deputy Secretary, Agency Information Officer (AIO)
Matthias Jaime joined in 2021 with the responsibility to oversee the technology portfolio of the Government Operations Agency. Matthias is inspired by the transformative potential of technology to redefine government service delivery and operations. Prior to joining GovOps, Matthias worked at the City and County of San Francisco as the Director for the Committee on Information Technology (COIT). At the City, Matthias was responsible for developing San Francisco’s technology strategy, annual budget appropriations for technology projects, and policy development. Matthias is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Deputy Secretary of Communications
For more than 25 years, Amy Palmer has held senior positions advising elected and appointed government officials on communications strategies in complex, high-profile organizations. Palmer is a former journalist who has worked in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Sacramento, where she has held leadership positions in five agencies and departments. Palmer has designed communications campaigns aimed at educating Californians about programs that directly affect them, including an award-winning campaign to educate public assistance recipients about new work incentives, a statewide bus tour named “best in public sector” in a nationwide PR campaign competition, and government technology awards for website content featuring stories of Californians helped by innovative government programs. Palmer has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. She is passionate about fostering public trust in government, transforming government for the digital age and studying how mass audiences form online.