SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointments of Elaine E. Batchlor, Carmen Chu, Ana Matosantos and Mark Robinson to the University of California Board of Trustees, and the appointments of Leslie Gilbert-Lurie and Jose Antonio Vargas to the California State University Board of Trustees.“These leaders from diverse walks of life, social backgrounds and California regions bring a wide range of expertise and experience to our world-class colleges and universities at a pivotal time for our state,” Governor Newsom said. “I look forward to continuing our work in partnership with the state’s higher education leaders to expand access to more students, create debt-free pathways, close equity gaps, and increase opportunities for the next generation of leaders to achieve their dreams and build a better future for our state. The Governor today announced the following appointments: Regents of the University of California
Elaine E. Batchlor, MD, 64, of Los Angeles, has been named to the board of trustees of the University of California. Batchlor has served as CEO of MLK Community Healthcare since 2012. She was chief medical officer of the LA Care Health Plan from 2004 to 2012, and vice president and program manager at the California Health Care Foundation from 1999 to 2003. Batchlor is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the boards of the California Hospital Association, the Insure the Uninsured Project, and the Health Affairs Editorial Board. Batchlor earned an MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Batchlor is a Democrat.Carmen Chu, 44, of San Francisco, has been named to the board of trustees of the University of California. Chu is a municipal administrator for the city and county of San Francisco. She was an elected assessor-archivist from 2013 to 2021, supervisor of District 4 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2007 to 2013, and served in the mayor’s office of public policy and finance from 2004 to 2007. Chu earned a master’s degree in public policy. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Chu is a Democrat. Ana Matosantos, 46, of Sacramento, has been named to the board of trustees of the University of California. Matosantos has served as Cabinet Secretary in Governor Gavin Newsom’s office since 2019. She served as President of Matosantos Consulting from 2013 to 2018 and joined Newsom’s transition team in 2018. Matosantos served as Director of the California Department of Finance from 2009 to 2013 and Deputy Chief Budgets Officer from 2008 to 2009. She served as Assistant Legislative Secretary for Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office from 2007 to 2008. She has held several positions at California Health and Human Services Agency, including that of Deputy Secretary. for Programs and Fiscal Affairs and Associate Secretary for Legislative Affairs from 2004 to 2007. Matosantos was a Human Services Consultant to the Senate Budget and Tax Review Committee from 2002 to 2004. She was a Consultant to the Senate Health Committee and Human Services from 2000 to 2002. She was a member of the California Senate from 1999 to 2000. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Matosantos is a Democrat. Mark Robinson, 57, of Kentfield, has been named to the University of California’s board of trustees. Robinson has been a partner at Centerview Partners since 2009. Previously, he worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. from 1998 to 2009. Robinson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Board of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Thacher School Board of Trustees. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Robinson is recorded without party preference. California State University Board of Trustees
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, JD, 62, of Los Angeles, has been named to the California State University board of trustees. Gilbert-Lurie has been a freelance writer since 2009. She was a training consultant for the Geffen Academy at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2013 to 2014. Gilbert-Lurie was a consultant to Walt Disney Television and USA Network from 1995 to 1999. She was vice president of the National Broadcasting Company from 1986 to 1995. Gilbert-Lurie was a partner at Manatt Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney from 1985 to 1986. She was 9e Circuit Law Clerk at the United States Court of Appeals from 1984 to 1985. Gilbert-Lurie earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She is a member of the National Finance Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Gilbert-Lurie is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board, and the UCLA Law School Advisory Board. She is co-founder and board member of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. She is also a member of the international board of directors of Human Rights Watch, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Writers Guild of America. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Gilbert-Lurie is a Democrat.Jose Antonio Vargas, 41, of Berkeley, has been named to the California State University board of trustees. Vargas is a founder and key strategic consultant at Define American, where he has worked since 2011. He was an editor at the Huffington Post from 2009 to 2010. Vargas was a reporter for the Washington Post from 2004 to 2009. He was a City Desk Reporter. at the San Francisco Chronicle from 2000 to 2004. Vargas serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per day. Vargas is not registered to vote.