Jennifer Kent replaces Toby Douglas, who announced last year that he was leaving. Kent is a former employee the department that handles Medi-Cal services for more than 11 million Californians.
Kent, 41, has been executive director at Local Health Plans of California since 2013. She was associate director at the Department of Health Care Services in 2011 and worked as deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs there from 2004 to 2007, according to the governor’s office.
Kent previously worked as a deputy legislative secretary in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration according to a recent story in the Sacramento Bee.