DCA Leadership

Denise BrownDenise Brown, Director - Denise was appointed by Governor Brown on January 9, 2012. As Director, she oversees the nearly 40 regulatory entities and other divisions within the Department. She has more than 30 years of service with DCA and, during that time, has held numerous positions within the Department and its various boards.

Awet KidaneAwet Kidane, Chief Deputy Director - Awet was appointed in January, 2012. As Chief Deputy Director, Awet oversees the internal operations of the Department. Before being appointed to DCA, he served in various positions in the state Legislature, where he was a chief of staff, a senior advisor, and a consultant.

Michael GomezMichael Gomez, Deputy Director, Division of Investigation and Enforcement Programs – Michael was appointed in October, 2012 to oversee DCA's enforcement activities. He comes to the department after working as a bureau chief with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and more than 30 years' worth of law enforcement experience. He has also served as Vice Mayor of Dixon, California and was Chief of DCA's Division of Investigation from 1995 to 2004.

Amy Cox-O'FarrellAmy Cox-O'Farrell, Deputy Director, Office of Information Services - Amy became the Department's Chief Information Officer in February, 2012. As such, she oversees all of DCA's IT and telecommunications services. She has been in state service for more than 30 years and has held numerous positions within DCA.

Doreathea JohnsonDoreathea Johnson, Deputy Director, Legal Affairs Division - Doreathea was appointed in 2000 and reappointed in 2004. She directs the activities of the Department's Legal Affairs Division and advises the Director, the Department's executive staff, and the staff and executive officers of DCA's regulatory entities.

Tracy RhineTracy Rhine, Deputy Director, Legislative and Policy Review Division - Tracy was appointed in March, 2012, having previously served as the Assistant Executive Officer for the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Prior to coming to the Department, Tracy served as a consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection from 2005 to 2008 and as a consultant to the Speaker's Office of Member Services from 2002 to 2005. She was a graduate research assistant in the Governor's Office of Innovation in 2002 and a program coordinator at Changing Courses from 1988 to 2001.

Don ChangDon Chang, Assistant Chief Counsel - Don Chang was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as the Assistant Chief Counsel for the DCA effective August 1, 2012. He has held multiple positions within the Department’s Legal Affairs Office since 1979, including serving as Supervising Staff Counsel and Staff Counsel I, II, and III.

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