Executives and Team

Stuart Drown

Stuart Drown

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.

Email: Stuart.Drown@govops.ca.gov

Team:

Angelica “Angie” Quirarte, Assistant Secretary for Digital Engagement

Julie Whitten, Assistant Secretary for Innovation and Accountability

Kathleen Webb, Director of Performance Improvement, Eureka Institute

 

Lynda Gledhill

Lynda Gledhill

Deputy Secretary for Communications

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Gledhill was the press secretary at the California Attorney General’s Office from 2011 to 2013. She was director of communications at the Office of California Senator Ellen Corbett from 2008 to 2011 and a communications consultant at the Office of California Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2007 to 2008. Ms. Gledhill was a political reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1998 to 2007, where she covered a wide range of state and national political news. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Email: Lynda.Gledhill@govops.ca.gov

Team:

Alicia Albornoz, Communications and Improvement Initiatives Analyst

 

Matt Henigan

Matt Henigan

Deputy Secretary for Sustainability

Mr. Henigan joined the Government Operations Agency in November 2014. Prior to his appointment he served as the Sustainable Energy Advisor in the Office of Sustainability and the Environment at the City of Santa Monica from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Henigan was a Senior Account Executive in the Business Greening Program at Sustainable Works from 2006 to 2010. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Politics from Pitzer College.

Email: Matt.Henigan@govops.ca.gov

Khaim Morton

Khaim Morton

Deputy Secretary for Legislation

Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Mr. Morton was Capitol Director in the Office of California State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. since 2015, where he was senior assistant in 2013. From 2014 to 2015 He served in the Office of California State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as legislative director and then Chief of Staff. Mr. Morton began his state career as a legislative consultant for the Office of California State Senator Alex Padilla from 2007 to 2013. From 2003 to 2007 he was a field deputy in the Los Angeles City Council President’s Office and from 2001 to 2003 worked for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn. He attended CSU Los Angeles, majoring in Political Science.

Email: Khaim.Morton@govops.ca.gov

Team:

Bryan O’Dell, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Legislation

 

Holly Pearson

Holly Pearson

Deputy Secretary for Legal

Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Ms. Pearson was deputy director and general counsel at the California Department of Managed Health Care for four years, and prior to that held other various management positions at the department. Before joining state government in 2006, she was a shareholder at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard and the manager of the firm’s education practice group. Her professional history also includes working as in-house corporate counsel at Financial Pacific Insurance Company, practicing insurance defense litigation at Porter, Scott, Weiberg & Delehant, working at the boutique public agency law firm of Pinnell & Kingsley, serving as a labor law advisor at the California Chamber of Commerce, and teaching a law class. Ms. Pearson was also active in providing pro bono legal services to a variety of organizations and advocacy groups. Ms. Pearson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Email: Holly.Pearson@govops.ca.gov

Team:

Harj Chima, Assistant General Counsel

Joy Lavin-Jones, Special Assistant to the General Counsel

 

Justyn Howard

Justyn Howard

Deputy Secretary for Census

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.

Email: Justyn.Howard@govops.ca.gov

Kathleen Webb

Kathleen Webb

GovOps Director of Performance Improvement, Eureka Institute

Kathleen Webb is the first Director of Performance Improvement for the Eureka Institute, a part of the GovOps Innovation and Accountability portfolio. In this role, Ms. Webb is leading efforts to launch a data-driven performance improvement framework that integrates planning with process improvement and innovation to achieve better results for Californians.  These efforts include the development of the California Lean Academy and California Leadership Academy. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Webb’s public service experience includes: Assistant Secretary for the GovOps Agency, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for CalPERS, Director of Policy and Risk Management for CCHCS, Deputy Director for DGS and Director for the Governor’s Office of the Insurance Advisor. Ms. Webb also held multiple positions with State Farm Insurance from 1986 to 2006, including agency, claims management and legislative affairs.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley and a Charter Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation.

Email: Kathleen.Webb@govops.ca.gov

Vacant

Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Policy and Administration

Team: 

Michael.Miyao, Fiscal and Administration Manager

Sue Griffin, Administrative Analyst

Jackie Gutto, Receptionist

Vacant

Deputy Secretary for Human Resources