Flash Report: New DIR Director & Counsel

More than a year into his term, Gov. Gavin Newsom has named a new director at the Department of Industrial Relations. She is Katrina S. Hagen, who has held positions at several California state agencies.

The position has been officially vacant since April 2018. Victoria Hassid who has been Acting Director was appointed chair of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board concurrently with the new DIR Director announcement.

Hagen most recently served as the chief deputy director at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration; previously she was deputy director of operations at the California Department of Human Resources, and HR chief at CalPERS. Hagen also served in posts at the state Department of Corrections. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University, with a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco (USF).

Hagen taught organizational leadership development at University of San Francisco.  On her LinkedIn page she describes herself as a “respected, authentic leader and is skilled at leading teams in identifying and implementing creative solutions to ‘unsolvable’ organizational public sector challenges.”

The appointment is seen by many as a ‘housecleaning’ and ‘reorganizational’ step by the governor.

In addition to Hagen’s appointment, Newsom also appointed Doris Ng general counsel for DIR. Ng has been staff counsel at the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement since 2014.

Hagen and Ng are both Democrats. Hagen’s appointment requires Senate confirmation, Ng’s does not.

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