Gov. Newsom makes two CHHSA appointments

Late this afternoon, Governor Newsom’s office announced two new appointments to the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Samar Muzaffar has been named the Assistant Secretary at CHHSA, while Sonia Fernandez-Herrera was named Deputy Secretary of the agency.

 

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From a release from the governor’s office.

Samar Muzaffar, 45, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed assistant secretary at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Muzaffar has been a population health and health systems design consultant for Integrated Health Solutions LLC since 2018. From 2011 to 2018, Muzaffar served as chief medical officer at the Missouri Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division – Missouri’s Medicaid program. She was a project specialist and served as Emergency Medical Services medical director at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 2007 to 2013. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Washington University’s Brown School since 2014. Muzaffar was a clinical instructor and clinical assistant professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia University Hospital from 2007 to 2009 and a medical practitioner at Royal Oaks Hospital from 2004 to 2005. Muzaffar is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Health Systems Transformation Task Force and the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight TEAM UP Payer Advisory Board. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,008. Muzaffar is registered without party preference.

Sonia Fernandez–Herrera, 56, of Elk Grove, has been reappointed deputy secretary of administrative services at the California Health and Human Services Agency, where she has served since 2011. She was administrative unit manager at the California Health and Human Services Agency from 2008 to 2011. Fernandez–Herrera was an associate business management analyst at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing from 2007 to 2008. She served in several positions at the California Department of General Services from 1996 to 2007, including associate government program analyst in the Office of Technology Resources and executive assistant and staff services analyst in the Executive Office. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $140,004. Fernandez–Herrera is a Democrat.