Grace Koch Official Portrait

Governor Brown Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Lona “Grace” Koch, 52, of Elk Grove, has been appointed chief deputy director at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where she has been special advisor and deputy director for finance and administration since 2014 and served in several positions from 1989 to 2008, including deputy director for preparedness and training, external affairs and response and recovery, program manager, associate information system analyst, emergency service coordinator and analyst. Koch was chief of the California Department of General Services, Office of Strategic Planning, Policy and Research from 2008 to 2013. She was a technician and analyst at Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant from 1986 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $160,008. Koch is a Republican.

Sara Stillwell, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director for finance and administration at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where she has been assistant director since 2016 and has served in several positions since 2004, including budget officer, research analyst, associate governmental program analyst and staff services analyst. Stillwell held several positions at the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning from 2001 to 2004, including executive secretary, office technician and office assistant. She was a medical assistant at the Doctors Center from 1998 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $132,672. Stillwell is a Democrat.

Bryan May

Bryan May is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

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