Executive Staff

Stuart Drown
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Drown was executive director of the Little Hoover Commission for more than seven years, where he managed the citizen-led commission’s staff and study process. Before joining government, Mr. Drown was city editor of the Sacramento Bee. His two-decade newspaper career included stints as business editor, labor writer, and metro reporter at various daily newspapers. Mr. Drown has a Master’s degree in public policy and a Bachelor degree in economics from UC Berkeley.
Lynda Gledhill
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Gledhill was the press secretary at the California Attorney General’s Office from 2011 to 2013. She was director of communications at the Office of California Senator Ellen Corbett from 2008 to 2011 and a communications consultant at the Office of California Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2007 to 2008. Ms. Gledhill was a political reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1998 to 2007, where she covered a wide range of state and national political news. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Matt Henigan
Mr. Henigan joined the Government Operations Agency in November 2014. Prior to his appointment he served as the Sustainable Energy Advisor in the Office of Sustainability and the Environment at the City of Santa Monica from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Henigan was a Senior Account Executive in the Business Greening Program at Sustainable Works from 2006 to 2010. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Politics from Pitzer College.
Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Mr. Morton was Capitol Director in the Office of California State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. since 2015, where he was senior assistant in 2013. From 2014 to 2015 He served in the Office of California State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as legislative director and then Chief of Staff. Mr. Morton began his state career as a legislative consultant for the Office of California State Senator Alex Padilla from 2007 to 2013. From 2003 to 2007 he was a field deputy in the Los Angeles City Council President’s Office and from 2001 to 2003 worked for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn. He attended CSU Los Angeles, majoring in Political Science.
Jennifer Osborn
Ms. Osborn joined the Government Operations Agency in July of 2013. From 2012 to 2013, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Fiscal Operations at the State and Consumer Services Agency. Ms. Osborn began her state career with the Department of Finance and served on varied budget assignments between 1998 and 2011 including the Judicial and Legislative branches, the Office of Emergency Services, the Employment Development Department, and the Departments of Justice, Corrections and Rehabilitation, General Services, Consumer Affairs, Industrial Relations, and Veterans Affairs. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from California State University, Chico and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Holly Pearson
Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency, Ms. Pearson was deputy director and general counsel at the California Department of Managed Health Care for four years, and prior to that held other various management positions at the department. Before joining state government in 2006, she was a shareholder at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard and the manager of the firm’s education practice group. Her professional history also includes working as in-house corporate counsel at Financial Pacific Insurance Company, practicing insurance defense litigation at Porter, Scott, Weiberg & Delehant, working at the boutique public agency law firm of Pinnell & Kingsley, serving as a labor law advisor at the California Chamber of Commerce, and teaching a law class. Ms. Pearson was also active in providing pro bono legal services to a variety of organizations and advocacy groups. Ms. Pearson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
David Rechs
Mr. Rechs served as assistant secretary of innovation and accountability for GovOps since 2013. Previously, he served in the Governor’s Office to implement the 2012 Government Reorganization Plan. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Rechs worked as a project manager to combine the State Personnel Board and the Department of Personnel Administration into the new Department of Human Resources. Mr. Rechs has worked for the state of California since 1993 in a number of supervisory and managerial positions at the Department of Personnel Administration and at the Department of Transportation. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Rechs served as Statewide Workforce Planning Coordinator. He graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science.
Kathleen Webb
Prior to joining the Government Operations Agency in January 2015, Ms. Webb’s public service experience includes Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for CalPERS from 2012 to 2014, Director of Policy and Risk Management for Correctional Health Care Services from 2010 to 2012, Deputy Director at the Department of General Services from 2008 to 2009 and Director for the Governor’s Office of the Insurance Advisor from 2006 to 2008. Ms. Webb also held multiple positions with State Farm Insurance from 1986 to 2006, including agency, claims management and legislative affairs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley and a Charter Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Townsend was the Director of Direct Channels at Silicon Valley Bank from 2015 to 2016, which he joined when they acquired Standard Treasury, a San Francisco based technology company that he co-founded in 2013. He was previously the Senior Technology Policy Advisor to Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker in 2012 and a Senior Associate at Bennett Midland, a civic and social sector management consultancy, from 2009 to 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where he studies applied-math economics and public policy, and an Masters in Public Administration from New York University, where he focused on public finance.

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