Governor Newsom Announces Two Appointments for Assistant Director of Recovery Operations, State Threat Assessment Center Supervisor Positions

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom this week announced the following appointments:

Elijah “Eli” E. Owen, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed Assistant Director of Recovery Operations at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he has served as Commander of the State Threat Assessment Center since 2015. Owen was an Intelligence Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2014. He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration – Sacramento Chapter and the University of Southern California Alumni Board – Sacramento Chapter. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $148, 800. Owen is a Democrat.

Jesse N. Auld, 40, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed State Threat Assessment Center Supervisor at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he has served as Acting Supervisor since 2020 and Senior Intelligence Analyst since 2017. He was a Senior All-Source Intelligence Analyst and Team Lead with the U.S. Department of Defense from 2015 to 2017. He was a mid-level All-Source Intelligence Analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2014 to 2015. Auld was an active duty enlisted U.S. Army Specialist in the U.S. Army from 2011 to 2014. He is an enrolled tribal member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. Auld earned a Master of Science degree in intelligence analysis from Johns Hopkins University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $115,332. Auld is a Democrat.