Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Jennifer Coursey


Over the past several years, the state has experienced an unprecedented number of emergencies and disasters. As these climate-driven natural disasters become more severe in California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) staff has met each new challenge head-on.

The nearly 2,000 staff at Cal OES have responded to increasingly complex disasters in fresh and innovative ways, strengthening the foundation of emergency management to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.

This week, Cal OES welcomes you to learn more about Jennifer Coursey, Analyst with the Human Resources Branch at Cal OES. The work she does is vital to Cal OES recruitment and hiring, ensuring hiring managers follow the merit-based hiring process.

“I love working in HR because of the amount of teamwork. It’s always a great feeling when you have a really great person that you’ve helped hire. My favorite part of my job is sending the formal offer letter at the end of the recruitment process and knowing I am making a difference in California’s ability to handle emergencies,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer has been with Cal OES for the last year and a half. Prior to working at Cal OES, she worked in the Adult Special Education field. She was an accessible/inclusive yoga teacher, as well as a classroom aide for a variety of art classes including culinary arts, woodworking, and photography.