Women of CDCR

CDCR hires women at a higher rate than the national average. The women of CDCR are making a difference in California. These women are inspiring people everywhere to imagine the impossible.
Come join our team and you too can make a difference.

Change lives. Change California


Connie Gipson, Director of the Division of Adult Institutions
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview with Connie Gipson, Director of the Division of Adult Institutions.

What is your Endgame?

“You are an inspiration to others even when you don’t know it. You are inspiring people and that is powerful.”

“I am Director Connie Gipson and I am a Woman of CDCR.”

“I am so thankful for the women who have paved the way for other women to come into this department because we are accepted, we do have a role in this department and that is recognized.”

“I am Sergeant Candi Allen and I am a woman of CDCR.”


What inspired you to become a Warden?

“I wanted to do something different. I wanted to be somebody. As I said before, I wanted to be a Warden as I became a Correctional Officer and I have accomplished my goals.”

“I am Warden Cynthia Tampkins and I am a woman of CDCR.”


How has your experience as a female with CDCR been?

“My experience as a female in Corrections, I felt like it made me stronger. I want to be able to do the same things as my male partners. And so I feel like it motivates me to keep pushing forward, to show and prove that I can do what they can too.  If you set your mind to it you can accomplish anything here. There’s just so many opportunities for us to promote, to lateral over.”

I’m K9 officer Mayra Guzman, and I am a woman of CDCR.”


What is it like to be a woman in law enforcement?

“You just never know who you are going to touch. You never know whose life you are going to change. But again, it comes back to dignity and respect. Conducting yourself with integrity. If all these things sounds like you, then this is something you should really consider.”

“I’m Senior Special Agent Karen Mory with San Diego Special Services Unit, and I am a woman of CDCR.”


What inspired you to join CDCR?

“As a teen, I aspired to attain a career in Law Enforcement.  After learning how large the Department is, I knew there would be many avenues of opportunity within a CDCR career.  This was very desirable to me because I love trying and learning about different jobs.”

Sergeant Vanessa Melendez, Background Investigation Unit