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.
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.
Alicia Albornoz, Communications and Improvement Initiatives Analyst
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.
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.
Bryan O’Dell, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Legislation
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.
Deputy Secretary for Human Resources
Mr. Rechs served as assistant secretary of innovation and accountability for GovOps since 2013. Previously, he served in the Governor’s Office to implement the 2012 Government Reorganization Plan. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Rechs worked as a project manager to combine the State Personnel Board and the Department of Personnel Administration into the new Department of Human Resources. Mr. Rechs has worked for the state of California since 1993 in a number of supervisory and managerial positions at the Department of Personnel Administration and at the Department of Transportation. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Rechs served as Statewide Workforce Planning Coordinator. He graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science.
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.