Perry Sworn in as New Cal OES Chief of Staff

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci yesterday swore in Timothy Perry as the new Chief of Staff. Perry was appointed to his new position by Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month.

Prior to his appointment, Perry has been an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law since 2018. He was counsel at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP from 2014 to 2018, an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California from 2008 to 2014, and an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP from 2007 to 2008. Perry served as a law clerk for the Honorable Peter W. Hall at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit from 2006 to 2007. He is also a member of the Earthquake Authority Advisory Panel.

Perry earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Master of Science degree in political studies from the University of Cape Town. He is the recipient of numerous professional commendations, including the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice.


Cal OES’ mission is to protect lives and property, build capabilities, and support communities for a resilient California. 

Monica Vargas

Monica is an 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, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake, 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake EMAC PIO, 2020 fire siege and the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in the executive, international affairs and technology offices.

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