California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber announced the appointment of her deputies for Legislative Affairs, Policy and Planning for California, Operations, Communications, and Voter Education and Outreach. This rounds out her executive team which includes Lisa Martin as Chief Deputy Secretary of State who was appointed earlier in the year.
Reginald Fair – Chief Deputy Secretary of State for Operations
Reginald Fair most recently served as chief of staff for State Senator Anna Caballero in the State Senate. Prior to his position with Senator Caballero, Fair served as Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs to Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agencies. A native of Sacramento, Fair graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science.
Erric Garris – Deputy Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Erric Garris graduated from Washington State University. Working in public policy for over two decades, Garris got his start in the Washington State Legislature, later moving to legislative affairs at the Washington State Department of Licensing. From 2002 to 2016 he served in a number of capacities as personal staff to several members in the California State Legislature. He comes to us from latest role as the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at March of Dimes.
LaKenya M. Jordan - Deputy Secretary of State for Policy and Planning for California.
LaKenya Jordan has over 13 years of state leadership experience and most immediately led as Executive Director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Jordan additionally served as Director of Legislation and Governmental Affairs at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Organizational Management from St. Mary’s College, and a Master of Public Health from Touro University. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, a graduate of the Leadership California Issues and Trends program, and an active member of California Women Lead.
Joe Kocurek – Deputy Secretary of State for Communications
Joe Kocurek is a graduate of San Diego State University with degrees in classics and communications. A veteran of public policy communications, he began his career in public service in as a field representative for State Senator Dede Alpert and later worked as press secretary and communications director for Assemblymembers Lori Saldana and Mariko Yamada. From 2013 to 2019, he served as communications director for Dr. Shirley Weber and as her legislative director from 2019 -2021.
Lisa Martin –Chief Deputy Secretary of State
Lisa Martin is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Master of Public Policy and Administration. She has a career in public policy spanning decades which includes working at the California Taxpayers’ Association (CalTax) for over 20 years, the California Department of General Services in the roles of Legislative Coordinator and interim Legislative Director, as Principal Consultant for former California State Senator Curren D. Price, and as Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber from 2012 to 2021.
Tamara Rasberry – Deputy Secretary of State for Voter Outreach and Education
Tamara Rasberry is a 20-year veteran of the Capitol Community. She joined the staff of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla in 2016 as the Assistant Deputy for Strategic Business Partnerships and Outreach. Her responsibilities include building public and private partnerships between the Secretary of State throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Before returning to public service, Rasberry had an extensive career in advocacy and policy. She was the manager of State Agency Governmental Affairs for Sempra Energy, responsible for maintaining Sempra’s interests in all state regulatory agencies and legislative advocacy. In 2004 she served as the Government Relations Advocate for the California State Council of Service Employees (SEIU), representing legislative and regulatory affairs for over 240,000 in-home supportive workers, nursing home caregivers and regional center staff.