Local and State Appointments
What does it take?
Find out how to land a board or government board seat in YOUR State!
Thursday, April 15th, 12 pm PST / 3 pm EST
Have you ever wondered how to get appointed to a state or local board or commission? Want to get more involved with your community? There are MANY openings available!
Join Cathryn Rivera-Hernández, California Governor Gavin Newsom's Secretary of Appointments, and Tammy Tran, Senior Manager, Local Public Affairs, Orange County Region, Southern California Edison for a highly engaging discussion on the Government appointments process.
This insightful program will cover open commissions, and board seats at the local and state level, as well as who YOU can contact to be considered for an appointee position. Find out how the process works - it's the same in all states.
This program is open to attendees from all states!
Join us and find out: How do you access the application? Where are the vacancies? How do you find them? How do you navigate the process? And who can help you?
About our Speaker
Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez was appointed by Governor Newsom in June 2019 to serve as Appointments Secretary.
Prior to her appointment, Cathryn served three administrations as a Board Member on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board beginning with her
appointment by Governor Davis in November 2002. Prior to joining the ALRB, Cathryn served as the Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Gray Davis. As Chief Deputy, Cathryn served as the Governor’s liaison to various state agencies, departments and boards including the Health and Human Services Agency, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Emergency Services and Department of Food and Agriculture. As a member of the Cabinet office, Cathryn was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of administration policy and legislative initiatives within the agencies. Cathryn also served as special legal counsel, working closely with the Legal Affairs Secretary on significant legal matters arising within the agencies and departments.
Cathryn received a B.S. in Business Management from Arizona State University and obtained her law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley where she was co-editor-in-chief of the La Raza Law Journal.
About our Moderator
Tammy Tran has over twenty years of experience working in government, media, and nonprofit organizations. Currently, Tammy serves as Senior Manager in Local Public Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE), leading its Orange County Government Relations Team. Tammy joined SCE in 2013 as Senior Community Liaison where she had responsibility for building strategic engagement and partnerships with community stakeholders across SCE’s service territory. In this role, she also served as a strategist to inform SCE’s senior management about important matters that impact diverse communities. Tammy have served in other roles including Government Relations Manager, Senior Manager for Community Engagement, and President of SCE’s Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group.
Prior SCE, Tammy served as Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director for then California State Senator Lou Correa. She has also served as a campaign manager, executive director for a nonprofit combating human trafficking, policy advisor to a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and field representative for a California State Assembly Member. In her spare time, Tammy volunteered her time as a co-host for a weekly bilingual Vietnamese television program aimed at civic education and bringing government closer to the people.
Tammy is a passionate advocate for youth leadership development and civic participation. She regularly volunteers to mentor college and high school students with career coaching, mentoring, and internship placements. She is an active board member of Orange County Youth, Vietnamese Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking, OC Forum, and the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment.