CDCAN: Governor’s Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos Will Be Departing Mid-September

Governor’s Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos Will Be Departing Mid-September – Governor Praises Matosantos “Uncommon Effectiveness” In Her Over 10 Years of State Service


  • ·      Ana Matosantos Was Originally Appointed Finance Director By Governor Schwarzenegger
  • ·      More Than A Decade of Service for State that Governor Says Was Performed With “Uncommon Effectiveness”
  • ·      Michael Cohen, Chief Deputy, Will Take Over Top Post on September 16th
  • ·      Other Appointments Announced Today: Richard Devylder Appointed Director of the Office for Access and Functional Needs at the California Emergency Management Agency


SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN)  [Last updated – 06/28/2013 – 04:30 PM] – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos, a widely respected key member of his Administration, has decided to step down from her post in mid-September, after more than a decade of state service in various state agencies and as a legislative staffer.


The Governor praised Matosantos long service saying that “during very tough economic times, Ana carried out her duties as finance director with insight, boundless energy and uncommon effectiveness”.


Matosantos came to the Governor’s Department of Finance while California and the nation was reeling from the fall-out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, that made worse the State’s growing and enormous budget deficit.


The 2013-2014 State Budget that the Governor signed into law yesterday (June 27th) – her last as Department of Finance director – was the first to have a projected surplus after more than a decade of enormous budget deficits.


Matosantos said that “It has been a privilege to serve the people of California during very difficult fiscal times, and now the state’s economy is recovering and its budget balanced.”


She added that she was “…humbled by the Governor’s trust and honored that he gave me this incredible opportunity. My colleagues at the Department of Finance embody all that is good about public service and my life has been enriched by serving the people of this great state as the department’s director.”



  • ·      Matosantos was appointed Director of Finance by Governor Brown in December 2010, after being appointed to that position by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in December 2009.
  • ·      Matosantos joined the Department of Finance as Chief Deputy Director for Budget in April 2008 after serving as Deputy Legislative Secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency and Veterans Affairs in the Office of the Governor in 2007.
  • ·      Matosantos was Assistant Secretary for programs and fiscal affairs and Associate Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency from 2004 to 2007.
  • ·      Prior to that, Matosantos worked for the California State Senate as a consultant to the Senate Health Committee, the Senate Human Services and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.
  • ·      Matosantos earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University in 1997.



  • ·      The Governor also announced that Michael Cohen, 40, of Sacramento, currently the Department of Finance Chief Deputy Director will be appointed to the top spot in September when Matosantos departs on September 16th.
  • ·      “Michael has been an excellent chief deputy director and I’m confident that he’s fully up to the task of leading the department in the years ahead,” the Governor said in a statement. 
  • ·      “I am honored that Governor Brown has chosen me as the next Director of Finance,” said Cohen. “It is a tremendous opportunity for public service, and I look forward to assisting the Governor and the Legislature in continuing the tremendous fiscal progress that we’ve made.”
  • ·      Cohen has served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget at the California Department of Finance since 2011.  He was prominent in representing the Brown Administration during many long Assembly and Senate budget hearings, including the recent hearings by the Budget Conference Committee earlier this month.
  • ·      Cohen served in a number of roles with the Legislative Analyst’s Office from 1997 to 2010, including deputy legislative analyst, director of state administration and local government finance analyst.
  • ·      Cohen earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies from Stanford University.
  • ·      He lives with his wife Amy Supinger and two dogs, Lulu and Dexter.
  • ·      This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,250. Cohen is a registered decline-to-state.



Governor Brown today (June 28th) announced the following appointments that have some impact on people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind and seniors:


RICHARD DEVYLDER, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the Office for Access and Functional Needs at the California Emergency Management Agency.

  • ·      Devylder has been senior advisor of accessible transportation at the U.S. Department of Transportation since 2010.
  • ·      He was special advisor to the secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency from 2008 to 2010, deputy director of Independent Living and External Affairs at the California Department of Rehabilitation from 2003 to 2008 and executive director of the Dayle McIntosh Disability Resource Centers from 2000 to 2003.
  • ·      Devylder held multiple positions at California State University, Long Beach from 1998 to 2000, including advisor and multiple positions at Southern California Rehabilitation Services Inc. from 1992 to 1998, including program director.
  • ·      This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $108,636. Devylder is a Republican.


JOHN BOYD, 43, of Folsom, has been appointed to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

  • ·      Boyd has been chief administrative officer of Regional Behavioral Health and Continuing Care at Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, since 2008.
  • ·      He was assistant administrator at the Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento Medical Center from 2007 to 2008. Boyd held multiple positions at Shriners Hospitals for Children from 1999 to 2006, including Western Region Director of Development.
  • ·      He served as a City of Sacramento Planning and Design Commissioner from 2004 to 2008.
  • ·      Boyd is a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives.
  • ·      He earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and earned a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California.
  • ·      This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Boyd is a Democrat.


MUNTU DAVIS, 44, of San Ramon, has been appointed to the First 5 California Children and Families Commission.

  • ·      Davis has been department director and county health officer at the Alameda County Public Health Department since 2012, where he has served in multiple positions since 2005, including acting department director, director of the Communicable Disease Division, deputy health officer, deputy health officer of public health emergency preparedness and coordinator of the regional cities readiness initiative.
  • ·      Davis was a community health program supervisor at the California Department of Health Services in 2005 and a physician at Tracy Zweig Associates from 2003 to 2011.
  • ·      He was chief resident at the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital from 2001 to 2002. Davis held multiple positions at the Tom Bradley Elementary School, Continuity of Instruction to Reinforce Our Children’s Learning Environment from 1996 to 1999, including co-director and member of the board of directors.
  • ·      He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard University, School of Public Health.
  • ·      This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Davis is a registered decline-to-state.


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