SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:
Todd R. Bland, 56, of Elk Grove, has been appointed assistant director of the Automation, Integrity, and Client Initiatives Branch at the California Department of Social Services, where he has been deputy director of the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division since 2011. Bland served in several positions in the Health and Human Services Section at the Legislative Analyst’s Office from 1995 to 2011, including analyst, senior analyst, principal analyst, section director and deputy legislative analyst. He was a project manager at Economic and Planning Systems from 1990 to 1995 and a performance auditor at the Office of the Auditor General from 1989 to 1990. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $166,188. Bland is registered without party preference.
Kimberley Johnson, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division at the California Department of Social Services, where she has served as chief of the CalWORKs and Child Care Branch since 2017 and was a branch chief of child care and refugee programs from 2015 to 2017. She was a public policy director at the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network from 2012 to 2015 and a program manager at the City College of San Francisco, California Early Childhood Mentor Program from 2009 to 2012. Johnson was a director of programs and training at Parent Services Project Inc. from 2007 to 2010 and a director of child care and development programs at the Children’s Network of Solano County from 1999 to 2007. She is a public policy member at Child Care Aware of America. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $156,360. Johnson is a Democrat.
Susan B. Myers, 56, of Wilsonville, Oregon, has been appointed chief counsel at the California State Lottery. Myers has been an adjunct professor at the Willamette University College of Law since 2018 and senior manager and corporate counsel at the Lam Research Corporation since 2017. She was an adjunct professor at Chapman Law School in 2016. Myers was director and associate general counsel at Hyundai Capital America from 2012 to 2016, senior corporate counsel at Kia Motors America Inc. from 2008 to 2012 and managing counsel for international operations at Toyota Financial Services from 1998 to 2006. She was counsel of structured finance at Mayer Brown LLP from 2006 to 2008, where she was associate of transactional and corporate finance from 1988 to 1991. Myers was associate of government contractors at McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP from 1991 to 1998. She is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Myers earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $166,188. Myers is a Republican.