IRVINE, CA – Orange County Business Council commends Governor Brown for his recent Cabinet appointments of Marybel Batjer to Secretary of the Government Operations Agency; Brian Kelly to Secretary of the Transportation Agency; and, Anna Caballero to Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. The appointments accompany an overhaul of state government that cuts the number of state agencies and consolidates dozens of departments and entities.
“The Governor’s appointments, in conjunction with the re-organization, demonstrate a commitment to improving coordination and efficiency in government,” said OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn.
“California’s economic recovery remains fragile, and its success depends upon the ability of our government leaders to cut through the red tape that prevents jobs creation and business growth. The business community will be well-served by Batjer, Kelly and Caballero, who bring to the administration experience in economic development, transportation, housing, and education—critical components to California’s economic success.”
Ms. Batjer previously served as vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment Corporation since 2005. From 2003 to 2005 she served as cabinet secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, working on infrastructure, transportation, employment, and housing.
Mr. Kelly has served the state of California for more than 18 years. The Business, Transportation and Housing Agency oversees an operating budget of $18 billion; under Mr. Kelly’s leadership the agency directs many complex economic development programs throughout California’s diverse economy. Mr. Kelly brings essential knowledge on how to streamline commissions and cut bureaucratic red tape to keep California’s economy growing.
Ms. Caballero has served the state of California for more than 30 years; she brings to the administration a broad understanding of California’s central valley agricultural and water issues stemming from her professional career as an attorney representing farm workers.
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s sixth largest county. For more information, visit www.ocbc.org.
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