Executives and Team

Julie Lee

Julie Lee

Undersecretary

Prior to her appointment, Lee served as director of operations in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since 2013, where she served in several positions, including as reorganizational specialist from 2012 to 2013 and project manager of the Governor’s reorganization plan at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 2011 to 2012. She was the public information manager at the California Department of Transportation, District 2 from 2009 to 2011 and served in several positions at the California Department of Personnel Administration from 2005 to 2009, including as statewide workforce planning manager, administrative assistant II, executive secretary I and office technician. Lee was an office assistant at the California Highway Patrol from 2004 to 2005 and at the California Department of Corrections from 2003 to 2004.

Email: Julie.Lee@govops.ca.gov

Joy Bonaguro

Joy Bonaguro

Chief Data Officer

Joy Bonaguro has spent her career working at the nexus of data, technology, design and policy. Joy was recently appointed as Chief Data Officer of the State of California with an overarching goal to improve government use of data. Prior to her state role, she was responsible for scaling internal systems, data, and information security at Corelight, a high-growth cybersecurity startup funded by Accel and General Catalyst. Prior to Corelight, she served as the first Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, where she pioneered multiple initiatives to streamline data access, improve data management and governance, and boost capacity to use data through training and data science. Before that, Joy developed technology, cyber and privacy policy across the Department of Energy’s National Laboratory System. Her career started in New Orleans with seven years designing and managing the development of information systems to support planning and decision-making for local governments and nonprofits. Joy earned her Master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and her Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Philosophy from Tulane University.

Email: Joy.Bonaguro@govops.ca.gov

Krista Canellakis

Krista Canellakis

Deputy Secretary for General Services

Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Canellakis was Chief Innovation Officer in the City and County of San Francisco leading the Office of Civic Innovation. In her seven years in city government, Krista sought to build a community of civic entrepreneurs inside and outside of government to make the government more inventive, collaborative and responsive to San Franciscans. Prior to public service, she was co-founder of a start-up crowdfunding platform for communities to raise funding for neighborhood improvement projects and also led communications and marketing at a national renewable energy and climate firm. Krista has a Masters in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Email: Krista.Canellakis@govops.ca.gov

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:

Julie Whitten, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Accountability

 

Justyn Howard

Justyn Howard

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.

Email: Justyn.Howard@govops.ca.gov

Team: 

Michael.Miyao, Fiscal and Administration Manager

Sue Griffin, Administrative Analyst

Jackie Gutto, Receptionist

Sarah Soto-Taylor

Sarah Soto-Taylor

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.

Email: Sarah.Soto-Taylor@govops.ca.gov

Christina Spagnoli

Christina Spagnoli

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. 

Team:

Bryan O’Dell, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Legislation

William Brown

William Brown

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. 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.

Email: William.Brown@govops.ca.gov

Matthias Jaime

Matthias Jaime

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.

Email: Matthias.Jaime@govops.ca.gov

Amy Palmer

Amy Palmer

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.

Email: Amy.Palmer@govops.ca.gov