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On August 31, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Adria Jenkins-Jones as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) and was reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom on February 25, 2021. Jenkins-Jones previously served as Chief of the Selection Division, where she oversaw the State of California civil service examination process for 160 state departments. Before joining CalHR, Jenkins-Jones served in several positions at the Department of Finance from 1991 to 2015, including Chief of Human Resources, Associate Personnel Analyst, Executive Assistant, Chief of Recruitment and Selection, Associate Personnel Analyst/Staff Service Analyst and Examination Technician.
Jenkins-Jones was confirmed to this position by the Senate in 2019. Jenkins-Jones holds a Master of Arts degree in Practical Theology from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from St. Mary's College of California.