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Sabina Matos (D) has been sworn in as Rhode Island's 70th Lieutenant Governor

April 16, 2021: Sabina Matos (D) has been sworn in as Rhode Island's 70th Lieutenant Governor. She replaces Gina Raimondo, who was named President Joe Biden’s Commerce Secretary. Matos most recently served as City Council President for Providence, RI. She was first elected to the Providence City Council in 2010 as Councilwoman for Ward 1. Matos graduated from Rhode Island College in May of 2001 with a BA in Communications and Public Relations. She is also a graduate of the Latina Leadership Institute and Leadership for a Future. Matos is a graduate of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship Program – an invitation-only fellowship program for elected officials at all levels in the United States. Matos has served as the President of the ECAS-Educational Center for the Arts and Sciences, and the RI Latino Civic Fund – The Latina Leadership Training, and the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee. She has served as the Board Secretary of the Olneyville Housing Corporation and served on the Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Council and Latino Policy Institute boards. She has also been a member of Direct Action for Rights and Equality and the Olneyville Neighborhood Association. She is a founding member of LUCHA-Latina’s United for Change, and is a graduate of the Leadership for a Future program.

President Biden announced the nomination of Judge Lydia Griggsby to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

  
April 16, 2021: President Biden announced the nomination of Judge Lydia Griggsby to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Judge Griggsby has served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims since 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was Chief Counsel for Privacy and Information Policy and Privacy Counsel for Senator Patrick Leahy. Judge Griggsby served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, practicing in the Civil Division, for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia from 1998 to 2004. She was a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1995 to 1998. Judge Griggsby began her legal career as an associate with DLA Piper in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993 to 1995.

Shannon A. Estenoz has been named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior

  
April 16, 2021: Shannon A. Estenoz has been named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. Most recently Chief Operating Officer of the Everglades Foundation, Ms. Estenoz has served as the DOI's Everglades Restoration Inititives Director, as Executive Director of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, as Executive Director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Center, as Everglades Program Director for the World Wildlife Fund, and as Regional Director of the National Parks Conservation Association. She earned degrees in international affairs and civil engineering at Florida State University. Ms. Estenoz replaces former Deputy Assistant Secretary Andrea Travnicek.

Jeremy Konyndyk has been appointed as Executive Director for COVID-19 in the Office of the Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  
April 16, 2021: Jeremy Konyndyk has been appointed as Executive Director for COVID-19 in the Office of the Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Mr. Konyndyk has served as a Senior Policy Fellow for the Center for Global Development, as a Director of USAID / OFDA, as Policy and Advocacy Director of the Mercy Corps, as Country Director (Guineau) for the American Refugee Committee, and as a Refugee Officer for the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. He earned a BA at Calvin College and an MSFS in foreign policy, refugees and humanitarian emergencies at Georgetown University.

Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Danielle A. Lucido as Chief Counsel for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the California Department of Industrial Relations

  
April 16, 2021: Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Danielle A. Lucido as Chief Counsel for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the California Department of Industrial Relations. Lucido has been Chief Counsel at the Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20, CIO & CLC since 2010. She was Staff Attorney at Worksafe from 2007 to 2010. Lucido was an Associate Attorney at Leonard Carder LLP from 2005 to 2007 and Law Fellow at the AFL-CIO General Counsel’s Office from 2004 to 2005. Lucido earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and Chair of the Worksafe Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Katie D. James as Chief of the Office of Victim Services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

  
April 16, 2021: Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Katie D. James as Chief of the Office of Victim Services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has served as Acting Chief since 2020. James held several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2006 to 2020, including Assistant Chief and Staff Services Manager at the Office of Victim Services. She was an Associate Governmental Program Analyst for the Special Processing Unit of the Board of Parole Hearings from 2005 to 2006. James held several positions at the Board of Prison Terms from 1996 to 2006, including Victim Assistance Coordinator and Executive Assistant. She was Senior Legal Typist for the Department of Personnel Administration at the California Department of Human Resources from 1994 to 1996. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Chris Reid is the new Lincoln County, MS, Emergency Management Director

  
April 16, 2021: Chris Reid is the new Lincoln County, MS, Emergency Management Director. Reid is a Lincoln County native who currently works as Emergency Coordinator for the Mississippi Board of Animal Health. He has also worked for 15 years as an emergency response coordinator for the Mississippi State Department of Health and a MEMA liaison.