Governor Newsom announces appointments 11.1.22


SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Andrea Ambriz, 39, of Los Angeles, has been named Exposition Park’s general manager. Ambriz has served as Assistant Secretary for External Affairs at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2020. She served as Chief Operating Officer and Consultant at River LA from 2019 to 2020. She served as Chief of Staff at SEIU Local 2015 from 2017 to 2019 and Director Deputy for Private Sector Engagement in the White House Office of Public Engagement from 2015 to 2016. She held several positions at the United States Department of Treasury from 2011 to 2014, including Director of Policy and strategic engagement for the myRA program in the Office of Internal Finance, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Office of Legislative Affairs, Special Assistant for Appropriations and International Affairs in the Office of Legislative Affairs, and Consultant to the Office of Financial Education and Consumer Policy at the Office of Home Finance. Ambriz served as a Legislative Assistant to the California State Legislature from 2005 to 2009. She is a member of the Board of Los Angeles Police and Fire Department Pension Commissioners and serves on the Upper Los River Task Force. Angeles and tributaries within the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $189,636. Ambriz is a Democrat.

Mariaelena Gonzalez, 47, of Redwood City, was reappointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where she has served since 2018. Gonzalez has been an associate professor at the University of California, Merced since 2020, where she was an assistant. Professor from 2013 to 2020. She has been co-director of the Research Core at the Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Research Center since 2018. Gonzalez was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Education from 2009 to 2013. She is a member from the American Public Health Association, Latina Researchers Network and Alpha Sigma Nu. Gonzalez earned a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate of philosophy in sociology from Stanford University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Gonzalez is a Democrat.

John Maa, 53, of San Francisco, has been named to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Maa has been a surgeon at Marin General Hospital since 2014, where he served as Chief of the Division of General Surgery and Acute Care from 2018 to 2020. Maa was Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Surgery in From 2004 to 2013. He served as a rank O-3 in the US Army Reserve from 1991 to 2000. Maa is President of the American Medical Association, San Francisco Chapter. He was president of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society in 2018, chair of the office of the president of the University of California Tobacco Disease Research Program from 2013 to 2017, and president of the American College of Surgeons from 2013 to 2014. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Asian Art and the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. Maa earned an MD from Harvard Medical School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Maa is a Democrat.

Monica Morales, 43, of Rocklin, has been named to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Morales has served as director of the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency since 2022. She served as deputy director of the California Department of Public Health from 2016 to 2021. Morales has held several positions in the Division of Public Health and Nevada Behavioral from 2011 to 2016, including Deputy Bureau Chief, Director of Chronic Disease, and Manager of Chronic Disease Wellness and Integration. Morales earned a Masters of Public Administration in Public Policy from Columbia University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Morales is a Democrat.

Ramona Mosley, 49, of Elk Grove, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Mosley has served as Chief of Program Alignment, Communications, and Equity at the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Health Communities since 2021, where she served as Communications Strategist from 2020-2021. She served as Development Coordinator of manpower, training, and technical assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Health Sciences from 2016 to 2020. Mosley was director of health programs at the Health Education Council from 2002 to 2016. She is member of the University of California, Davis Alumni Association. Mosley earned a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior and Development from Golden Gate University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mosley is a Democrat.

Michael Ong, 50, of Santa Monica, was reappointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where he has served since 2007. Ong has been a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles since 2005. He has served as Chief of the Hospitalist Section at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System since 2018, where he has served as a staff physician since 2013. He was a Veterans Ambulatory Care Fellow at Stanford University and Palo Alto Veterans Affairs from 2003 to 2005. Ong was a resident physician at the university. of California, San Francisco from 2000 to 2003. He is a member of AcademyHealth, the American College of Physicians, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the California Medical Association. Ong earned an MD from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ong is a Democrat.

Aimee Sisson, 43, of Sacramento County, has been named to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Sisson has served as the Yolo County Health Officer since 2020. She served as the Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the Placer County Department of Health and Human Services from 2019-2020. Sisson served as the Medical Officer in Charge of the Public Health at the Workforce Development Section of the Chronic Disease Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health from 2017 to 2019, where she served as the Public Health Medical Officer of Health in the Development Section programs from 2015 to 2017 and 2008 to 2009. Sisson was a farmer and owner of the Root Cause Farm from 2015 to 2016. She served as a public health officer in the Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity Public of California from 2012 to 2015. Sisson was an organic agriculture apprentice at the Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project from 2012 to 2013. Resident in the Department’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program of California Public Health from 2007 to 2008. Sisson was a Categorical General Surgical Intern at the University of California, Davis Medical Center from 2005 to 2006. She is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and President of the California Academy of Preventive Medicine. Sisson is a member of the California Conference of Local Health Officers, the Health Officers Association of California, and the California Medical Association. She earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of California, Davis and an MD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sisson is a Democrat.

Claradina Soto, 47, of Whittier, was reappointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where she has served since 2019. Soto has been an associate professor at the University of Southern California since 2022. She was Clinical Assistant Professor in Keck Medicine at the University of Southern California from 2015-2022. Soto received a Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California and a Doctor of Philosophy in Preventive Medicine from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Soto is a Democrat.

Anna Song, 46, of San Ramon, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Song has served as Director of the University of California, Merced Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center since 2018. She has been a Professor at the University of California, Merced since 2022, where she served as an Associate Professor from 2008-2022. Song was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco from 2006 to 2008. She is a Fellow of the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Public Health Association, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Song earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Davis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. The song is recorded with no part preference.

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