Gov. Gavin Newsom named Joy Bonaguro and Krista Canellakis as chief data officer and deputy secretary of general services for GovOps, respectively. He also reappointed Julie Lee to the GovOps undersecretary position.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced three key appointments Thursday that help fill the ranks in top state agencies with governance over technology.
I’m not going to pretend to be low key. I’m giddy to join the amazing @CAGovOps team!!!!— Krista Canellakis (@kristallakis) January 30, 2020
Canellakis was co-founder and chief technology officer at UrbanKit from 2012 to 2013. She was project assistant intern for housing development at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. in 2011, and before that, she was development planning researcher for the development planning unit at the University College London in 2010. Canellakis held several positions at 3Degrees from 2004 to 2009, including senior marketing and partnerships manager, marketing manager and office manager. She earned a master’s degree in building and urban design at University College London.
The governor also reappointed Julie Lee, a veteran of state service and most recently acting secretary for the California Government Operations Agency (GovOps), to her role as undersecretary, a position she’s held since 2018.
Lee, 55, an Auburn resident, served in the Office of the Governor under former Gov. Jerry Brown from 2011 to 2018, including as director of operations from 2013 to 2018, reorganizational specialist from 2012 to 2013, and project manager of the governor’s reorganization plan at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 2011 to 2012.
As acting GovOps secretary, Lee filled the position government veteran Marybel Batjer held until Newsom appointed her last year to the presidency of the California Public Utilities Commission. Lee was public information manager for the California Department of Transportation’s District 2 from 2009 to 2011, and served in several positions at the California Department of Personnel Administration from 2005 to 2009. Before that, she held various positions at the California Department of Corrections from 2003 to 2004 and at the California Highway Patrol from 2004 to 2005.
None of these positions require Senate confirmation.
Techwire Assistant Managing Editor Theo Douglas contributed to this report.
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