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Collaborating to Meet Workforce Needs


Collaborating to Meet Workforce Needs

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Join esteemed panel members Director Jean Shiomoto (Dept. of Motor Vehicles), Director Joe Xavier (Dept. of Rehabilitation) and Nelson Chan  (Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing) for a thoughtful discussion on developing a strong, diverse workforce within your organization. The discussion will also focus on the benefits of workforce diversity in delivering services to the public. Director Richard Gillihan (CalHR) will serve as the moderator for this session.


Jean Shiomoto, DMV Director

Jean Shiomoto is the Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Prior to that, Ms. Shiomoto was the Acting Director and the Chief Deputy Director.  Ms. Shiomoto has been with the DMV for over 27 years and has over 35 years of state government experience in administrative and fiscal management.  Prior to her appointment as Chief Deputy Director, Ms. Shiomoto served as the Communication Programs Division’s Deputy Director and before that  she served as the Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Shiomoto earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the California State University, Sacramento in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Joe Xavier, DOR Director

Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Director Joe Xavier was a small business owner for over 14 years before beginning his career in public administration in 1998.  Mr. Xavier has served as a gubernatorial appointee at DOR since 2008 and was most recently appointed as Director in February 2014. Mr. Xavier’s experience in business and public administration has spanned over 32 years.  Mr. Xavier has been actively involved in advocacy and community organizations, including the Association of State Employees with Disabilities and the Asian Pacific State Employees Association.  He is a fellow of the Sierra Health Foundation leadership institute, graduate of the National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute, and alumna of the California Health and Human Services Agency Leadership Academy.

Nelson Chan

Nelson Chan currently serves as  the Chief of Public Policy and Education for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).  While maintaining an active civil litigation practice, Mr. Chan is also responsible for coordinating the Department’s clinical programs and serves on the DFEH Executive Committee in his role as the department’s civil rights officer. Mr. Chan graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Political Science/Public Service and earned his law degree from UC Hastings in San Francisco. 


Richard Gillihan

Richard Gillihan is the Director of the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). He was appointed to the post by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in October 2014. CalHR was created on July 1, 2012 by Governor Brown’s Reorganization Plan Number 1 of 2011. The plan consolidated the State of California’s Department of Personnel Administration with certain programs of the State Personnel Board. CalHR is responsible for all issues related to labor relations and collective bargaining; employee salaries and benefits; job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment and retention.

Updated 5/26/2015
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