Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Melissa Denio


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 Melissa Denio, a Staff Services Manager I with the Cal OES Recovery Directorate’s Financial Processing Division. The work she does helps local governments rebuild and repair critical infrastructure following a disaster by coordinating and organizing federal public assistance and grant funding.

“What I truly appreciate about working at Cal OES is the opportunity to work with a team of dedicated professionals who share the same commitment to serving our community,” Melissa said. “The dynamic work environment, coupled with the chance to innovate and problem-solve, keeps me motivated and fulfilled.”

Melissa has worked at Cal OES for three years. She started out as a Staff Services Analyst and later served as an Associate Government Program Analyst before being promoted to her current position of Staff Services Manager I.

The Recovery Directorate is responsible for managing disaster recovery and providing assistance to local governments, special districts, certain nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses and agricultural communities impacted by disasters.