On July 26, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments to leadership roles at CDCR:
David Maldonado has been appointed Deputy Chief of Strategic Communications and External Affairs at the CDCR. Maldonado has served as Deputy Chief of the Office of External Affairs at CDCR since 2020, where he has held several positions since 2009, including Outreach Coordinator and Victim Services Liaison for the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services. He was Community Resources Manager for the California Medical Facility from 2016 to 2020.
Maldonado was a Probation Aide for the Sacramento County Probation Department from 2011 to 2012. He served as Military Police and Security Forces in the U.S. Air Force from 2003 to 2007. Maldonado earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation.
Rebecca Silbert has been appointed Deputy Superintendent, Higher Education in the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at CDCR. She has been Senior Director for the Rising Scholar Network at the Foundation for California Community Colleges since 2020. Silbert was Senior Fellow and Director of Corrections to College for the Opportunity Institute from 2015 to 2020. She held multiple positions at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley from 2011 to 2015, including Senior Legal Policy Associate and Executive Director. Silbert was a Consultant for the San Francisco Probation Department from 2010 to 2011.
She was a Trial Attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California from 2001 to 2009. Silbert was an Associate at Keker, Van Nest, & Peters LLP from 1997 to 2000. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Julia Morgan School for Girls. Silbert earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation.