Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Gabriel Ravel, 31, of Sacramento, has been appointed general counsel at the California Department of Managed Health Care. Ravel has been assistant general counsel at the California Health Benefit Exchange since 2013, where he has held multiple positions since 2011, including acting general counsel and staff counsel. He was staff counsel at the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board from 2010 to 2011, staff attorney at the Northwest Justice Project in 2010 and served as a law clerk at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington from 2009 to 2010. Ravel was a volunteer medical assistant at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services from 2005 to 2006. He is a member of the Schwartz-Levi American Inn of Court at the UC Davis King Hall School of Law. Ravel earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $120,000. Ravel is a Democrat.

Jose Gonzalez, 41, of Atwater, has been appointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Gonzalez has been superintendent of the Planada Elementary School District since 2010. He was the superintendent principal of the Ballico-Cressey Elementary School District from 2006 to 2010 and held multiple positions for the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District from 2003 to 2006, including principal of alternative education, principal of summer school and interim principal. Gonzalez was an English-language science teacher at Livingston High School from 1996 to 2003. He is president of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators and a member of the School Employers Association of California, the Association of California School Administrators and the Small School Districts Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Gonzalez is a Democrat.

Ian Parkinson, 49, of San Luis Obispo, has been appointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. Parkinson has served as sheriff-coroner at the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office since 2011. He served as police captain at the San Luis Obispo Police Department from 1988 to 2011 and was a police officer at the Morro Bay Police Department from 1984 to 1988. Parkinson is a member of the California State Sheriffs’ Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Parkinson is a Republican.

Kenton Shimozaki, 17, of Stockton, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education effective July 31, 2014. Shimozaki has been a student at Lincoln High School since 2011 and has served as student member of the Lincoln Unified School District Board of Trustees since 2014. He is president of the Lincoln High School Interact Club, where he has held multiple positions since 2011, including secretary in 2013. Shimozaki has been secretary of the Lincoln High School, School Site Council since 2011 and is a visiting committee member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He is a member of the Lincoln High School varsity tennis team and the cross country team, where he was sophomore team captain. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Shimozaki is not registered to vote.

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