Sacramento, CA (STL.News) Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments:
Deborah Cochrane, 43, of Alameda, has been appointed Chief of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Cochrane has been Executive Vice President at The Institute for College Access & Success since 2018, where she has held multiple positions since 2007, including Vice President, Research Director, Program Director and Policy Analyst. Cochrane was a Policy Analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education in 2006. She was a Researcher at AFSCME 3299 from 2004 to 2005. Cochrane earned a Master of Social Welfare degree in social development from San Francisco State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $148,524. Cochrane is a Democrat.
Barry N. Steinhart, 63, of Plumas Lake, has been appointed Deputy Director of Legislation at the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Steinhart has been Assistant Executive Director at the California Energy Commission since 2015. Steinhart was Principal Consultant in the Office of California State Senator Mark Leno from 2008 to 2015. He served as Principal Assistant in the Office of California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Sally J. Lieber from 2006 to 2008 and was a Partner at Widowski and Steinhart from 1998 to 2010.