Gov. Newsom announces appointments

Sacramento – Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments: Kelly Pfeifer, 52, of San Francisco, has been appoint...




Sacramento – Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments:

Kelly Pfeifer, 52, of San Francisco, has been appointed deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services at the California Department of Health Care Services. Pfeifer has been director of high-value care at the California Health Care Foundation since 2014. She was chief medical officer of San Francisco Health Plan from 2008 to 2014, medical director at Petaluma Health Center from 2003 to 2008 and medical director for access at the Redwood Community Health Coalition from 2006 to 2008. She practiced as a family physician at Petaluma Health Center from 2000 to 2017. Pfeifer has been a volunteer physician at Planned Parenthood Great Plains since 2017. She completed family medicine training at the Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in 2000. Pfeifer earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $170,004. Pfeifer is a Democrat.

Harjinder Shergill Chima, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director of the California State Lottery. Chima served as assistant general counsel at the California Government Operations Agency from 2018 to 2019. She was an attorney at the California Department of Transportation from 2004 to 2018 and an associate at Rich, Fuidge, Morris & Iverson Inc. from 2002 to 2004 and at Reinecke & Daily in 2001. Chima earned a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $172,008. Chima is a Democrat.      



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