Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Judith M. Cias, 56, of Sacramento, has been reappointed Chief Counsel at the State Board of Education, where she has served in that position since 2011. Cias was Associate General Counsel and Director of Policy Services at the California School Boards Association from 1995 to 2011. She was a Summer Associate at Sutin, Thayer and Browne in 1993. Cias was Office Manager at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges from 1990 to 1991. She was Program Director at the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges from 1986 to 1990. Cias earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico, School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $183,216. Cias is a Democrat.
Patricia L. de Cos, 58, of Fair Oaks, has been reappointed Deputy Executive Director at the State Board of Education, where she has served in that position since 2009. De Cos was Senior Research Policy Specialist for the California Research Bureau at the California State Library from 1995 to 2009. She was a Policy Analyst at the California Employment Development Department from 1993 to 1995 and at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from 1989 to 1992. She earned a Master of Science degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $143,712. De Cos is registered without party preference.