Newsom appoints Lightbourne to lead DHCS

This afternoon, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Will Lightbourne to lead DHCS in the wake of Brad Gilbert’s recent resignation.

From the release from the governor’s office.

William Lightbourne, 70, of Scotts Valley, has been appointed director of the California Department of Health Care Services. Lightbourne was director of the California Department of Social Services from 2011 to 2018. He was director of the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency from 2000 to 2011, executive director of the Human Services Agency for the City and County of San Francisco from 1996 to 2000 and director of the Santa Cruz County Human Services Agency from 1990 to 1996. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $195,246. Lightbourne is a Democrat.


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A statement to stakeholders by DHCS featured Lightbourne’s leadership during his time at the Dept. of Social Services.

In that role he oversaw another large and complex Department with a crucial role in California’s safety net, supporting transparency and collaborative approaches to improve the way services are delivered to millions of vulnerable Californians.

The statement said that Lightbourne has also been an advisor to Gov. Newsom on issues of homelessness.