Gov. Gavin Newsom made the following major CDCR appointments on Wednesday:

Diaz, Ralph

Ralph Diaz

Ralph Diaz was appointed secretary. He has served as acting secretary since 2018.

He was undersecretary for operations from 2016 to 2018. He was deputy director of facility operations for the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) from 2014 to 2016 and associate director of high security institutions from 2013 to 2014.

He served in several positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, from 2000 to 2013, including as warden, acting warden, chief deputy administrator, captain and counselor supervisor.

He was a correctional counselor and correctional officer at California State Prison, Corcoran, from 1993 to 2000 and a correctional officer at Wasco State Prison from 1991 to 1993.

This position requires Senate confirmation.

Allison Kathleen

Kathleen Allison

Kathleen Allison was appointed undersecretary of operations. She has served as acting undersecretary of operations since 2018. She was director of DAI from 2016 to 2018.

She was deputy director of facility support at DAI from 2012 to 2016 and associate director of female offender programs and services from 2011 to 2012.

She served in several positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 2002 to 2011, including as warden, chief deputy warden, associate warden and correctional health services administrator.

She held several positions at Avenal State Prison from 1987 to 2002, including community resources manager, senior medical technical assistant and medical technical assistant.

She was a senior medical technical assistant at North Kern State Prison from 1993 to 1994. She is a licensed registered nurse.

This position requires Senate confirmation.

Gipson Connie

Connie Gipson

Connie Gipson was appointed director of DAI. She has served as acting director of DAI since 2018.

She was deputy director of facility operations at DAI from 2016 to 2018 and associate director of general population male offenders from 2013 to 2014.

She served in multiple positions at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2010 to 2013, including as warden, acting warden and chief deputy warden.

She was associate warden at North Kern State Prison from 2008 to 2010 and held several positions at Wasco State Prison from 1997 to 2008, including captain, business manager and health program coordinator. Gipson was a senior medical technical assistant at the California Institution for Women from 1988 to 1997.

This position does not require Senate confirmation.