SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Melissa Gear, 45, of Elk Grove, has been appointed deputy director of council and office relations at the Department of Consumer Affairs. Gear has served as Chief Deputy Legislative Director at the Department of Insurance since 2014. She served as Legislative Counsel to the State of California Teachers’ Retirement System from 2008 to 2014. Gear served as Legislative Coordinator and Tax Coordinator in the Attorney General’s Office of California from 2005 to 2008. She was a budget and policy analyst in the Office of the Legislative Analyst from 2003 to 2005. Gear was an executive member and legislative representative to the California Department of Education from 2002 to 2003. She is a senior member of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders program. Gear earned a master’s degree in public health and administration from New York University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $140,016. Gear is a Democrat.
George Parisotto, 61, of Santa Barbara, was renamed administrative director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, where he has held the position since 2016. Parisotto served as acting chief counsel for the Division of Workers’ Compensation from 2012 to 2016. He was a workers’ compensation claims reviewer for the Energy Employees Occupational Disease Program at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2004 to 2007. a partner at the firm of Thierman attorneys from 1990 to 1998. Parisotto earned a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,879. Parisotto is a Democrat.
Erica Stivison, 32, of San Francisco, has been named User Experience Designer in the Office of Data and Innovation. Stivison has been Senior UX Designer at Visa since 2021, where she held several positions from 2016 to 2022, including UX Designer and Visual Designer. She was a graphic designer at Arts and Recreation from 2011 to 2016. Stivison is a member of YCore, Code for San Francisco and AIGA. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $139,908. Stivison is a Democrat.
Matthew Chen, 34, of Moreno Valley, has been appointed to the California Veterans Board. Chen has served as a social worker in the office of Congressman Mark Takano since 2019 and as the Moreno Valley City Planning Commissioner since 2022. He served as a sergeant and career planner in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2011 to 2019. Chen is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars after 8547. Chen earned a Masters of Education in Sports Administration from the University of Miami. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Chen is a Democrat.
Trevor L. Chandler, 35, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the State Board of Pharmacy. Chandler has served as director of government affairs and public policy at Citizen since 2022. He served as regional outreach director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee from 2017-2022. Chandler served as regional field director associated with the Human Rights Campaign man from 2011 to 2017. He served as Chief Compliance Officer at Paul Hodes for the U.S. Senate from 2010 to 2011. Chandler served as the Community Outreach Representative for Congressman Paul Hodes’ office from 2009 to 2010. He serves on the Advisory Board of Equality California and the East San Francisco Neighborhoods Community. Consultative Committee. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Chandler is a Democrat.
Kartikeya “KK” Jha, 43, of Fresno, has been appointed to the State Board of Pharmacy. Jha has served as District Operations Manager at Omnicare – a CVS Health Company since 2019. He served as Operations Manager at NimbleRx from 2018 to 2019. Jha earned a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Long Island University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Jha is a Democrat.
Jacob Rostovsky, 31, of Palm Springs, has been appointed to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Rostovsky has been a founder, managing director, and licensed marriage and family therapist at Queer Works since 2018. He has been a diversity consultant at Jake R. Consulting since 2008. Rostovsky has been an attorney and psychotherapist at Jacob R. Therapy and Consulting since 2017. He is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Rostovsky earned a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Rostovsky is a democrat.