SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Kimberly Rutledge, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of legislation and communications at the California Department of Rehabilitation. Rutledge has served as the Adult Protective Services Program Liaison at the California Department of Human Services since 2019, where she served as Chief of the Adult Programs Policy and Quality Assurance Branch from 2016-2019. held several positions with United Domestic Workers of America, AFSCME Local 3930. from 2012 to 2016, including Budget and Policy Analyst and Deputy Legislative Director. Rutledge was an independent policy consultant at the County Welfare Directors Association of California from 2011 to 2012. She was a Sweeney graduate intern on disability policy at the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2011. Rutledge was a graduate policy intern at the Disability Community Resource Center from 2010. From 2009 to 2010, she was a graduate intern in clinical social work at the adult day program and counseling center OPICA. Social Insurance and the American Association of University Women. She earned a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $136,872. Rutledge is a Democrat.
Elia Gallardo, 54, of West Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs at the California Department of Health Care Access and Information. Gallardo has served as Director of Government Affairs at the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California since 2019. She served as Director of Policy Research at the Insure the Uninsured Project from 2017 to 2019. Gallardo served as Executive Director of Government Relations and Oversight programs at the Alameda Alliance for Health from 2011 to 2017. She was Director of Government Affairs at the California Primary Care Association from 1998 to 2011. She is a member of the California Bar Association. Gallardo earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,084. Gallardo is a Democrat.
Mayra Vega, 37, of Woodland, has been appointed assistant director of communications and planning at the California Department of Health Care Access and Information. Vega has served as Regional Business Development Manager at Labcorp since 2021. She has served as Mayor of the City of Woodland since 2022 and serves on the Woodland City Council since 2020. Vega served as Director of Strategy and Business Development at Sutter Health from 2019-2021 She was director of business development at Dignity Health from 2017 to 2019. Vega was administrative director at Adventist Health from 2011 to 2017. She was a marketing and sales specialist at Diageo Plc. from 2003 to 2011. She is a board member of the Woodland Community College Foundation and the Luna Vista Rotary Club. Vega earned a master’s degree in business administration from Sonoma State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,716. Vega is a Democrat.
Taryn Smith-Kerr, 54, of Sacramento, has been appointed as a strategic initiatives and program advisor in the California Department of Developmental Services. Smith-Kerr has served as a Special Consultant to the Department of Developmental Services since 2021. She served as Principal and Chief Consultant to the California State Senate Committee on Human Services from 2015 to 2021. Smith-Kerr has held several positions at the California State Senate, Office of Research from 2008 to 2015, including policy consultant and deputy director. She served as chief executive of the State Board of Optometry from 2003 to 2008. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $151,800. Smith-Kerr is a Democrat.