Gov.-elect New­som names two top aides

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By John Wil­der­muth John Wil­der­muth is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: jwil­der­muth@sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @jfwil­der­muth

Gov.-elect Gavin New­som an­nounced his first two ap­point­ments Fri­day, nam­ing Ann O’Leary, a for­mer top aide to Hil­lary Clin­ton, as his chief of staff and Ana Matosan­tos, one-time di­rec­tor of the state Depart­ment of Fi­nance, as his Cab­i­net sec­re­tary.

“I pledged an ad­min­is­tra­tion that would ... draw on the tal­ents of some of the most ca­pa­ble pub­lic ser­vants in Amer­ica,” New­som said in a state­ment. “That’s what Ann and Ana rep­re­sent — lives of un­ri­valed pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ment paired with a per­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tion to serve the pub­lic good.”

Both women will have plenty to do be­fore New­som, the cur­rent lieu­tenant gover­nor, is sworn in Jan. 7.

O’Leary will be help­ing to lead New­som’s tran­si­tion ef­fort. It’s not a new po­si­tion for her. O’Leary, an at­tor­ney and se­nior pol­icy ad­viser for Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, led Hil­lary Clin­ton’s prospec­tive tran­si­tion team dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Matosan­tos will prob­a­bly be us­ing her fi­nan­cial ex­per­tise to help pre­pare New­som’s first state bud­get, which he must present by Jan. 10, three days af­ter he takes of­fice. Named the state’s fi­nance di­rec­tor by Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger in 2009, she stayed on un­der Gov. Jerry Brown un­til Septem­ber 2015. The Puerto Ri­can na­tive was then ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to serve on the Puerto Rico Over­sight, Man­age­ment and Eco­nomic Sta­bil­ity Board.

Th­ese are just the first of many ap­point­ments for the new ad­min­is­tra­tion. One way the for­mer San Fran­cisco mayor plans to find can­di­dates for open­ings is through a new “All in Cal­i­for­nia” web­site (gavin­new­ get_in­volved), where peo­ple can ap­ply for jobs in the ad­min­is­tra­tion. They can also list their pol­icy pri­or­i­ties there and make sug­ges­tions about how the state can han­dle its prob­lems.

“It’s time for Cal­i­for­nia’s state Capi­tol to en­gage more of Cal­i­for­nia’s di­verse voices and tal­ents, be­gin­ning with this tran­si­tion,” New­som said.

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