Executive Team

mark_thumb.jpg Mark S. Ghilarducci, Director
Mark S. Ghilarducci is the Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to his appointment, Ghilarducci was a partner and managing director at Diamante Partners LLC. He was vice president of Witt and Associates from 2003 to 2011, deputy director for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services from 2000 to 2003, a federal coordinating officer for the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency from 1997 to 2000 and deputy fire chief for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services from 1988 to 1997.
Nancy Ward, Chief Deputy Director
Nancy L. Ward was appointed Chief Deputy Director for the California Governors Office of Emergency Services, March 9, 2014. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Ward served as the Regional Administrator of Region IX for the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Lona "Grace" Koch, Special Advisor
Koch has been office chief at the California Department of General Services since 2008. She held multiple positions at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services from 1989 to 2006, including program manager and deputy director of emergency operations, planning and training. Koch is a member of the American Red Cross Capitol Region Chapter.
Kelly Huston Kelly Huston, Deputy Director - Crisis Communications and Public Affairs
Kelly Huston was appointed by Governor Brown as director for Crisis Communications and Public Affairs at Cal OES. Huston has been with Cal OES since 2008, when the office was known as the California Emergency Management Agency. He was assistant deputy director at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security in 2005 and served as commander of public affairs at the California Highway Patrol from 2004 to 2005. Huston was legislative affairs and media relations manager at Stanislaus County from 2000 to 2004 and held multiple positions at the City of Modesto Police Department from 1989 to 2000.
Brendan Murphy, Deputy Director - Finance and Administration
Murphy has been appointed assistant secretary for finance and administration at the California Office of Emergency Services. Murphy has held multiple positions at Cal OES since 2009, including assistant secretary of grants management, acting undersecretary and director of grants management. He held various positions at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, including deputy director of administration and grants management and assistant deputy director. Murphy was a financial analyst at the California Department of Finance from 2002 to 2005 and held multiple positions at the California Department of Transportation from 2000 to 2002, including assistant Caltrans administrator and right of way agent. 
Charles Simpson.jpg ​Charles Simpson, Deputy Director - Response and Recovery Operations​
Simpson has been appointed assistant secretary for response and recovery operations at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Simpson has been a security specialist at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2009. He held multiple positions at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services from 2000 to 2008, including deputy chief and chief of law enforcement. Simpson was a lieutenant at the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department from 1974 to 2000. He has been a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates since 1996. 
Mitch Medigovich.jpg Mitch Medigovich, Deputy Director - Logistics Management
Medigovich has been chief of staff at the California Military Department since 2011. He was a brigade commander for the United States Army from 2010 to 2011 and director at Army Aviation Safety Program from 2005 to 2010. Medigovich was inspector general at the California Military Department from 2002 to 2003 and deputy chief of staff and logistics at the California Military Department, 49th Combat Support Command from 2000 to 2002.
Christina Curry Christina Curry, Deputy Director - Planning, Preparedness and Prevention
Tina's areas of oversight include state-level Planning and Preparedness programs for all hazards, including but not limited to the State of California Emergency Plan, Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance, Homeland Security and Radiological/Nuclear preparedness, and the Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami program. She also oversees Cal OES Training and Exercises, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Hazard Mitigation Planning programs, as well as the Office’s public/private initiatives.
Tina was appointed Assistant Secretary for Planning, Preparedness and Prevention in 2013, following appointments as Assistant Director in 2005 and Deputy Director of Preparedness and Training in 2008. Tina has over 23 years of experience in the area of emergency management. Beginning in 1991, Tina worked in the Office’s Recovery programs, providing assistance, training and guidance to applicants of disaster assistance programs through numerous state and federal disaster declarations including the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes. In 1999, Tina began working in the Executive Office where she assisted in a wide range of duties including statewide emergency operations during the Year 2000 Rollover (Y2K), the energy crisis, California’s response and support to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and the 2007 Wildfires. Tina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University, Sacramento.
 

Karen Wong, Assistant Director, Public Safety Communications

Wong oversees the strategic framework and tactical direction for the State's public safety communications systems, including California's 9-1-1 network infrastructure and the State's microwave netowrk and land mobile radios.  Karen has held the position since October 2009, prior to which she held multiple positions with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

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Fukutomi has been a consultant at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute since 2009 and a self-employed emergency management and homeland security consultant since 2005. He has been a senior consultant at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security since 2007. He was a vice president at ICF International from 2006 to 2008. He was a federal coordinating officer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security from 1998 to 2005.
Charles Rabamad, Assistant Director - Recovery
Rabamad has been an engineer and project manager at the California Department of Water Resources since 2009. He held multiple positions at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services from 1991 to 2009, including program manager, public assistance officer and disaster assistance program specialist. Rabamad is a board member of the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation.