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Gov. Newsom Appoints Two to State Board of Education

April 4, 2019

On March 29, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed two new members to the State Board of Education.

--Kim Pattillo-Brownson, 44, of Los Angeles. Pattillo-Brownson has been Vice President for Policy and Strategy at First 5 Los Angeles since 2016. She was Managing Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Advancement Project from 2007 to 2016 and an education attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California from 2006 to 2007. Pattillo-Brownson eared a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Pattillo-Brownson is a Democrat.

--Matt Navo, 48, of Clovis. Navo has served as director of systems transformation at the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention for WestED since 2018. He held multiple positions at the Sanger Unified School District from 1999 to 2018, including the posts of superintendent, area administrator and director of pupil services and special education. Navo served as adjunct faculty at California State University, Fresno from 2010 to 2013. He earned a Master of Arts degree in special education from California State University, Fresno. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Navo is a Republican.

The appointment of Pattillo-Brownson and Navo brings the current membership of the SBE to ten people (including student representative Gema Q. Cardenas, whose one-year term will end on July 31, 2019) – leaving one more open seat for Newsom to fill. At the present time, the SBE is 9-1 female… Navo being currently the only male currently appointed to the SBE.

Last month, Gov. Newsom appointed Linda Darling-Hammond as president of the SBE. The other seven current members of the SBE were appointed during the term of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Source: Governor’s Press Office

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