Governor Newsom Announces Appointment of Cal OES Deputy Director of Crisis Communications

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointment:

Brian Ferguson, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director for crisis communication and public affairs at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Ferguson has been deputy director of media and public affairs in the Office of Governor Newsom since 2019. He served as deputy press secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. from 2017 to 2019 and deputy director of public affairs at the California Department of General Services from 2013 to 2017. Ferguson was a communications specialist for the California Faculty Association from 2006 to 2013. He was a contributing writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard in 2006 and a writer for the Marin Independent Journal from 2004 to 2005. Ferguson earned a Master of Arts degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $156,720. Ferguson is a Democrat.

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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