Avyark “Avy” Mallik, 36, of San Francisco, has been appointed general counsel with the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. He has served as Director of Fintech Policy for the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee since 2021, where he served as Senior Counsel from 2019 to 2021. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the Consumer Protection Division from the Maryland Attorney’s Office. General from 2018 to 2019. Mallik served as Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Program and Foreclosure Prevention Staff Counsel at Civil Justice from 2013 to 2018. He earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $191,844. Mallik is a Democrat. Monisha Avery, 61, of Sacramento, has been named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Avery has served as Deputy Director of the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation since 2020. She held several positions in the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Office of Patient Advocate from 2015-2020, including Director Deputy and Acting Director. Avery was Federal Legislative Coordinator at the California Department of Social Services from 2009 to 2015, Project Manager from 2005 to 2009, and Associate Social Services Consultant and Government Program Analyst from 1999 to 2005. Avery was a social worker at Lilliput Children’s Services from 1990 to 1995 and at Marshall Hospital from 1995 to 1998. She was a Victim and Witness Services attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 1999. Avery received a Masters of Social Work from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $143,724. Avery is a Democrat.
Brian R. Wong, 50, of Elk Grove, has been appointed under secretary for innovation and technology at the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Wong has served as Chief Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer at the Office of Systems Integration since 2020. He served as Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director at the California Department of Human Services from 2017 to 2020. Wong has held several positions at the California Department of Motor Vehicles. from 2007 to 2017, including IT Modernization Project Manager, Solutions and Framework, Network and Communications Section Head, Network Manager and Network Security Engineer. Wong was a network security engineer with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board from 2006 to 2007. He was a senior network support engineer at Oracle Corporation from 2001 to 2006. Wong is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific government employees. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $176,700. Wong is a Democrat.