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Newsom Reappoints 2 Executives to Key Roles with CDT

Stephanie Tom and Andrea Spears, two deputy directors in the California Department of Technology, both were named to continue in their leadership roles — Tom in Broadband and Digital Literacy, and Spears in the Office of Statewide Project Delivery.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has reappointed two leaders within the California Department of Technology (CDT).

Stephanie Tom, the department’s deputy director for Broadband and Digital Literacy, has been reappointed to the position, which she’s held since 2018. Tom joined the state from the private sector; she filled several executive roles with Oracle Corp. from 1999 to 2018, including director of sales programs, director of Executive Engagement, director of Customer References, senior education solution consultant, and senior marketing manager. Before joining Oracle, Tom was Global Business Development manager for CyberCash Inc. from 1996 to 1998, and was a senior account executive with Aerotek from 1994 to 1996.

Tom is a member of the Asian Pacific State Employees Association and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association. She is a graduate of San Jose State University, having earned a master’s in business administration in Global Business Practices.

Her position does not require confirmation by the state Senate. The annual compensation is $136,596.

Newsom also reappointed Andrea Spears as deputy director in CDT’s Office of Statewide Project Delivery, a position she’s held since 2017.

Previously, Spears was chief of Technology Information and Business Advancement for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System from 2016 to 2017, where she had served as chief of Portfolio Management Services from 2010 to 2015. She served as program management officer for the California Department of Health Care Services from 2015 to 2016; chief of the Planning and Project Management Branch of the California Department of Public Health from 2008 to 2010; chief of Systems Administration for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2007 to 2008; and IT project manager for the California Department of Justice from 2005 to 2007. Spears served as IT project manager in the Infrastructure Services Management Division at the Employment Development Department in 2005, where she had held several positions from 1993 to 2005, including IT project manager in the Project Management Division, Information Systems-Business analyst, project coordinator and Employment Program representative.

Spears’ position does not require Senate confirmation, and the compensation is $172,824.